The Washington Capitals began their first road trip of the season with a swing through northwestern Canada, starting with the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome on Tuesday night. Coach Trotz kept the same lines from the Carolina Hurricanes game this past Saturday night: The lines for the matchup:
Holtby vs. Ramo.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had another really good game centering the first line for the Capitals. Nicklas Backstrom also had another good game, scoring two goals. The second period was an exhibition by the Capitals, outskating, out-hustling and outscoring the Flames 3-0. The second period was one of the better periods played by the Capitals in quite some time. Calgary opened the scoring mid-way through the first period, and after that, it was all Caps until early in the third period. A complete game by the entire team.
The game’s first eight minutes were relatively uneventful with few scoring chances for both sides. Calgary would draw first blood at the 9:00 minute mark on a goal by Sean Monahan from the slot. John Carlson and Brooks Orpik were unable to secure a puck in the corner, and lost possession, which ultimately led to the Flames goal. The games’ first penalty came on a high-sticking call on Dmitri Orlov at the 10:48 mark. The Capitals were able to kill the penalty, as the Flames had very little in the way of offensive pressure. The Capitals would go back on the penalty kill when Taylor Chorney was called for holding at the 13:24 mark, however the Capitals were able to kill off the 2nd penalty. The Capitals would get on the scoreboard on a beautiful reverse pass from Evgeny Kuztnetsov to Andre Burakovsky late in the period.
In the last-minute of play, once again Braden Holtby found himself in live action without a mask, but was able to make a final save to secure the puck.
The period would end in a 1-1 tie. Flames had a 7-6 edge in SOG, 17-16 in attempts and 15-14 in draws.
The second period started quick for the Capitals with a goal by Alex Ovechkin, giving the Caps the 2-1 lead at the 0:30 mark. This was Alex Ovechkin’s 900th point in the NHL.
Nicklas Backstrom would add to the Capitals lead on a sweet pass from Justin Williams at the 10:56 mark, giving the Capitals a 3-1 lead.
T.J. Oshie would join in on the fun with 8:23 left in the period, giving the Capitals a 4-1 lead.
The Flames would return fire early in the third, closing the gap to 4-2 on a goal by Mark Giordano at the 3:09 mark. Jason Chimera would get it back on a 2-1 snipe from point at the 6:53 mark, extending the Capitals lead to 5-2.
Nicklas Backstrom would add to the total at 16:14, giving the Capitals a 6-2 lead. That would be the final.