The Washington Capitals opened the 2016 preseason with a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night at Verizon Center. The Capitals next head north to face the Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal.
Vitek Vanecek got the start in goal for the Capitals.
A scoreless, fairly even first 10 minutes of this first preseason game. The Capitals Riley Barber was called for the game’s first two penalties (hooking and tripping) in the first nine minutes of the opening frame, but the Caps penalty kill would successfully stifle both of the Canes resulting power plays.
Tom Wilson would have the best hit of the opening period, laying the wood to the Canes Patrick Brown.
The Hurricane’s Patrick Brown would be the first to light the lamp at 19:41, giving the Canes a 1-0 lead that would hold for the remainder of the period. The goal was setup by a Caps miscue in the neutral zone, which led to a Canes break-away. The Hurricanes lead 9-8 in shots on goal for the period.
Another evenly played first ten minutes to the second period, with the Capitals holding a very slight advantage in offensive zone pressure. As planned, Drew MacIntyre replaced Vitek Vanecek with 11:49 remaining in the middle frame. The Capitals would go to the power play with about 7 minutes left in the second period, but would be unable to capitalize on the man advantage. The Caps would once again return to the power play with 2:55 remaining in the second period, but a tripping call on the Caps would quickly extinguish the Capitals man advantage. The period would end with the ‘Canes holding on to the 1-0 lead. Shots on goal were 16-16 through two periods of play.
Tom Wilson would sustain an upper body injury in the period and would not return for the final frame. The injury may have occurred on this play:
The third period was more of the same. Once again the Capitals would gain a power play only to see it quickly erased by a Capitals penalty. Finally, Madison Bowey would tie the game on a power play goal from the right-front with 6:02 remaining in the third period.
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The third period would end, tied 1-1.
The Hurricanes would win it on a power play goal late in the 3-on-3 overtime period.
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