The Washington Capitals beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Monday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The win raised the Capitals record to 49-13-4 (102 points). The loss dropped the Ducks record to 37-20-8 (82 points). The loss also ended the Ducks franchise-record 11-game winning streak. The Capitals will now head across town to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Wednesday night. Puck-drop is 10:30 PM EST.
Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Caps, his first career start against the Ducks. John Gibson got the start for the Ducks. The goalie match-up for tonight’s game, provided by @washcaps:
The Capitals once again gave up the game’s first goal,this time just one minute into the contest. The Capitals have now allowed the 1st goal in 11 of the last 13 games. In the first period, the Caps also allowed several odd-man break-aways, including a 4-on-1, but would yield no additional tallies. The second period saw increased intensity for the Caps, generating several quality chances but none would find the back of the net. The Capitals would tie the game in the third period, and out-played the Ducks for the entirety of the final frame. The Caps also held a slight advantage in the overtime period, but were unable to score, sending the game to a shootout. Braden Holtby would come up big, and the Caps would leave the pond with the win. Team stats for the game can be found here: Individual player stats for the game can be found here: Faceoff stats for the game can be found here: Photos from the game can be found here:
The Ducks struck quick, just one minute into the game. Alex Oveckin was whistled for a delayed penalty, giving the Ducks a 6-on-5 and Ryan Gelzlaf would finish with his 10th goal of the season at 1:00.
The first period would end with the Ducks leading 1-0. The Ducks also led in shots-on-goal 9-8.
The Caps came out with increased intensity and push in the offensive zone early in the second period. The Caps would get the periods first power play, but would be unable to generate much in the way of offensive chances. Anaheim would go back on the power play at 10:46 of the middle frame when Alex Ovechkin was flagged for slashing, but the Caps penalty kill would stand tall and not allow a single shot on goal. The period would end scoreless, with the Ducks hanging on to a 1-0 lead. Alex Ovechkin did not have a shot on goal through the first two periods.
The Capitals out-played the Ducks throughout the third period, missing on numerous scoring opportunities. The third period would end in a 1-1 tie. The Caps led in shots on goal 29-26.
The Capitals were the stronger team in the 3-on-3 play. The Capitals would get a power play with 1:40 left in the overtime period. The power play would be washed out on a penalty on T.J. Oshie. Overtime would end scoreless.
The Ducks would be denied on their first attempt. T.J. Oshie would score. The Ducks next attempt was stymied by Holtby. Evgeny Kuznetsov would be denied on his attempt. The Ducks next attempt would be good to tie it. Backstrom would win it. Braden Holtby was very strong in the game and in the shoot-out.
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