Capitals Douse Flames, 3-1


The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames, 3-1 on Sunday night at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Capitals wrap-up their western Canada road trip on Tuesday when they visit the Jets in Winnipeg. Puck-drop is 8:00 PM on CSN.

capitals-at-flamesCapitals head coach Barry Trotz decided to go with the same line combinations that he used in Vancouver the previous night.

Taylor Chorney and Daniel Winnik were the healthy scratches. Winnik missed his second consecutive game; Taylor Chorney missed his eighth-straight game of the season. Trotz stated last week that Chorney would likely get a game on the western Canada road trip, but that has yet to materialize, with one game left on the trip. Braden Holtby got the start in net.

Just like the night before in Vancouver, the Capitals struck first, early in the first period on a nice feed from Jay Beagle to Brett Connolly for the one-timer at 2:01. Caps rookie Zach Sanford registered an assist on the goal, his first point in his professional career.

Marcus Johansson would add a powerplay goal on a deflection of a sweet pass from Alex Ovechkin at 7:14, stretching the Capitals lead to 2-0, early in the contest.

Calgary would climb back into the game on a goal by Mikael Backlund at the 13:44 mark of the opening frame.


The period would end with the Capitals holding on to the 2-1 lead. The Capitals led in shots on goal, 12-8 through the first 20 minutes of play.

There was no scoring in the second period. The Capitals outshot the Flames 9-6 for the second period, and led 21-14 through the first two periods.

The third period continued to be much of the same, as the Capitals transitioned to more of a defensive style of play. The Flames held an advantage in shots on goal for much of the final frame. Marcus Johansson would add an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Capitals. The final tally was set up on a nice play by Jay Beagle, who faught for the puck and fed Johansson for the goal.


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By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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