What a Rush! Capitals Line Rush of the Night: No Legs To Catch The Diesel

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Tonight we introduce a new, semi-regular feature here at NoVa Caps, “What a rush!”, because everybody loves a good rush. The feature will select a favorite Capitals line rush from each game and attempt to shed a little more light on the play. So, without further ado, here is our favorite line rush from the Capitals 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto Thursday night.

This was a beauty, and short-handed to boot. Lars Eller collected the puck near the faceoff dot and immediately turned and burned. Four of the Maple Leafs were caught below the play, giving the Capitals a 2-on-2 for nearly the three-quarters of the length of the ice. Also noteworthy is Brooks Orpik’s early box-out at the start of the play.

Eller made a perfect pass to Tom Wilson, who hustled the entire length of the ice, as soon as Eller gained control of the puck. Wilson was able to gain ground on Andreas Johnsson, and find separation for the Eller centering pass. Wilson finished the play with a nifty snipe from the middle of the slot, going high blocker side, registering another tally in his hometown.

Andreas Johnsson, who tried to chase down Wilson on the play, was asked about it after the game. “I gave my everything and he was faster and I don’t know, I mean, maybe I should’ve taken a penalty there instead of giving a chance …”

The call from John Walton on Caps Radio:

What was your favorite line rush of the game?

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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5 Responses to What a Rush! Capitals Line Rush of the Night: No Legs To Catch The Diesel

  1. Bryan Hailey says:

    Great feature!

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    “The Diesel!” Shades of John Riggins back when the Redskins were a real football team and the NFL wasn’t miserably corporate. Yes, Tom Wilson reminds me of a John Riggins on hockey skates

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