The Washington Capitals fell to the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 on Sunday night at Verizon Center, concluding their regular season schedule. The Capitals ended the regular season with a record of 56-18-8 (120 points).
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson were healthy scratches. Jay Beagle was scratched due to a lower-body injury he sustained in St. Louis last night. Philipp Grubauer got the start for the Capitals. Frederik Andersen got the start in net for the Ducks.
The first period was rather non-eventful, with the exception of a scrap between Michael Latta and Clayton stoner. The Ducks would add two quick goals early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead to the locker room for the second intermission. The third period was pretty lack luster by both sides. The Capitals tied the franchise record for most Iron Men in a season (7) – Orlov, Kuznetsov, Niskanen, Williams, Wilson, Alzner, Chimera.
A rather pedestrian start the 82nd and final regular season game. The Caps would go n the game’s first power play at 3:58 of the opening frame. The Caps unleashed a barrage of scoring chances, even with the make-shift power play units, but could not covert. Philipp Grubauer was strong early, stopping a couple of nice chances by the Ducks. 5-on-5 play for the second half of the first period was fairly even. Michael Latta and Clayton Stoner would drop the gloves at 15:20 of the opening frame. The first period would end scoreless. Ducks led in shots on goal 10-6.
End-to-end skating continued for most of the first half of the middle period, with scoring chances for both teams. The Ducks would strike first at 4:34 on a wrap around goal by Corey Perry. The Ducks would add another goal by Nick Ritchie at 6:46 of the second period to stretch the Ducks lead to 2-0. The second period would end with the Ducks leading 2-0. Shots on goal were tied 17-17 through two periods of play.