Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Enjoyyy, everyone. (Clydeorama) The Washington Capitals hammered the New Jersey Devils in the third period on Saturday, riding four final frame goals past their visitors to chalk up a 5-1 win.  Powered by an Alex Ovechkin hat trick, Washington also got a shorthanded goal from Eric Fehr and a power play marker from Troy Brouwer in the five-goal onslaught, only their third game with that many goals on the season.  Braden Holtby, making his fifth consecutive start, was solid in victory, and the loss picked the Capitals put of the Eastern Conference basement on points percentage.  Still, however, Washington faces a long uphill climb to make the playoffs.  Some more observations: Vintage Ovechkin.  There is no other way to describe a dominant performance from a player who has taken his deserved share of criticism, but silenced his critics temporarily with a game that had been coming.  All three of his goals sent memories of 2009 dancing through our heads – a wide open one-timer, a snapshot through the defenseman’s legs, and another fling into the goal from the slot.  He was dominant, and this could be the beginning of another hot streak.  The key, as always, is continuing it.  That is what matters, and that is what Washington needs to be successful. Another solid game from Holtby, who continues to make his case for Adam Oates to ride him through the rest of the season.  Oates has given him the reigns by starting him regardless of wins and losses, the way he did with Michal Neuvirth earlier in the season, and the young goaltender has rewarded his coach with good play.  There is no reason for Oates to go back to Neuvirth, who is once again stuck on the bench despite the unlucky fact that his good play often came at a time when his team could get him no wins.  Oh well.  Goaltending is still a strength in the organization. I think that John Carlson had another good game today.  Yes, he was on the ice for a goal against, but it was not his fault and I thought he pushed the pace well offensively.  His struggles have been well documented this season after he signed that big offseason deal, but he’s looked better while separated from Karl Alzner and there is still no reason to panic over his long-term future.  He’s still a stud. This win was, overall, very encouraging.  After a deflating goal at the conclusion of the second period that normally would have killed this edition of the Caps, they, and particularly Ovechkin, responded dynamically and with purpose, slicing the Devils and their backup goaltender (who has still been very good) to shreds.  I still don’t think this is a playoff team, or a good one should they manage to squeak into the playoffs, but I am never going to complain after a win.  Now it’s back to practice, and preparing for Alexander Semin’s excellent and offensive Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Harry Hawkings is a college student credentialed to cover the Capitals for RtR.  Follow him on Twitter here for all your news needs this season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State


Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Gus Malzahn not happy about Michigan satellite camp

WATCH: Kaman pushes CP3 after shot to groin

Kelly Olynyk helps Celtics to win despite eye injury

Report: Boston mayor furious over Olympics rumors

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five best QB situations in the NFL

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.