During the Washington Capitals crazy start to the season, they have been seeing surprise after surprise. Some have been good, and some have been bad. Their record obviously doesn’t show the amount of heart this team has put on the ice every game, but some players have shown more than others. It is because of certain guys that this team is still standing and hoping for a late playoff run. One of those players is Marcus Johansson.
Johansson, a young 22-year old center out of Sweden, has been showing head coach Adam Oates that he could be a key component if the Capitals do indeed want to make a shot at the playoffs. He is just coming back from being inactive since February 7th, but since his return to the ice, he has been dominating in the middle for Washington.
Heading into the game against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, “Mojo” as some fans refer to him as, Johansson had tallied three points in the previous two games, one of them a beautiful goal against the Buffalo Sabres.
He didn’t disappoint in the game against the Jets. In fact, his performance against Winnipeg SHOULD have gotten him a nominee for the third star of the game. He had an assist on a Niklas Backstrom goal, but he notched a goal himself in the first period.
It is clear that the Capitals need every bit of help they can get at this time of the year. If Johansson can keep up the good work and great play, he will not only be earning game honors, but year team awards too!