The Washington Capitals fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago. The Capitals record drops to 45-12-4 (94 points). The Blackhawks record improves to 39-20-5 (83 points). The Capitals next play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM.
Jay Beagle returned to the line-up after missing 24 games with a wrist injury. John Carlson underwent a procedure for his lower body injury yesterday (Saturday), and was placed on long-term injured reserve, just before today’s game. Brooks Laich, who was placed on waivers on Saturday, cleared waivers at noon and was in the Capitals line-up. Stanislav Galiev, Michael Latta and Mike Weber were the healthy scratches. The goalie match-up for today’s game provided by @washcaps:
The Capitals finally played a quality first period, maybe their best in a couple of months, scoring the games first goal for the first time in seven games, and out-shooting the Blackhawks 16-6. The Capitals had the edge in even-strength play for the first period. The second period was more even, with the Blackhawks adding the periods only tally on a power play goal. Braden Holtby had a good game, and made several excellent saves. Team stats for the game can be found here: Players stats for the game can be found here: Faceoff stats for the game can be found here: All of the game photos can be found here:
Great atmosphere for this one. Fairly even 5-on-5 for the first five minutes, with both teams trading chances. The Blackhawks were whistled for high-sticking at 5:13 of the first period. Marcus Johansson would connect on a rebound of a shot from the point by Justin Williams at 6:13.
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Unfortunately, the Blackhawks Patrick Kane would tie the game just 30 seconds later on a break-down in the Caps defensive zone at 6:44.
The first period would end in a 1-1 tie. The Capitals out-shot the Blackhawks 16-6 for the first period.
The Blackhawks were granted the first power play of the second period on a hooking call on Brooks Orpik at 7:42, but the Caps would successfully kill the Hawks man-advantage. The Blackhawks would return to the power play when Taylor Chorney was called for tripping at 16:39, and the Hawks would cash in. Jonathan Toews would punch one in from in front of the net at 18:15 of the second period.
The second period would end with the Blackhawks leading 2-1. The Capitals led in shots on goal 21-20 after two periods of play.
A rather evenly played first ten minutes of the final period. The Capitals would get the periods first power play on a high-sticking call on Patrick Kane at 8:56, but the Caps would be unable to generate much in the way of scoring chances, and came up empty. The Blackhawks would stretch the lead to 3-1 on a nice pass from the back of the net to Dennis Rasmussen, who knocked it in at 12:47 of the final period.
The Capitals would get one back on a 6-on-3 man-advantage at 16:39 of the final frame.