Capitals Kick the Blues, 7-3

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The Washington Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues 7-3 Thursday night at Scottrade Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 30-9-6. The Capitals next travel to Dallas to take on the Stars Saturday night. Puck-drop is 8:00 PM. 

capitals-at-bluesBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Jake Allen got the start for the Blues. Allen would be chased and replaced by Carter Hutton in the second period.

John Carlson missed his second straight game due to a lower body injury. Carlson made the trip to St. Louis and could possibly play in the Caps next game in Dallas, but not likely.

This is the first game of the annual mentors’ trip.

QUICK NOTES:

  • The Capitals offensive surge of late continued in this contest, with all four lines scoring goals.
  • The Capitals 7 goals were by 7 different players.
  • All 12 forwards had at least a point in this game.
  • Andre Burakovsky continues his strong play since his three-game benching.
  • The Capitals bottom six continued its strong play as of late.
  • Capitals have scored five or more goals for fifth straight game for first time in nearly seven years, since Feb. 4-11, 2010. (Mike Vogel).
  • The Capitals chased Jake Allen twice from the game. The first was for 2:22 before he would return. He was chased for good in the second period after giving up four goals.
  • Since New Years Eve, the Caps have chased 4 goaltenders.
  • The Capitals have scored 25 goals since Alex Ovechkin’s last goal.
  • The Capitals returned to the top of the NHL with the win and the Columbus loss.

FIRST PERIOD
The Blues were the better team early, with the first four shots on goal, but it would be the Capitals that struck first on a wrister by Andre Burakovsky from the right dot at 5:37.

Moments later Jay Beagle would give the Caps a 2-0 lead on a wrister from the slot at 7:41 of the opening frame. Jake Allen would be pulled for 2:22 and then return to the game.

The period would conclude with the Caps leading 2-0. The Blues led in shots on goal 11-7.

SECOND PERIOD
The Blues would quickly climb back into the contest notching a tally just 19 seconds into the period. Jaden Schwartz would pot one from long distance to close the gap to 2-1.

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TJ Oshie would get it back on a back-hand shoveler from the slot at 3:47, making it 3-1.

Brett Connolly would make it 4-1, with a goal at 7:33 of the middle frame. Jake Allen would be chased again, this time for good.

Marcus Johansson would make it 5-1 just 11 seconds later at the 7:44 mark of the second period.

Justin Williams would make it 6-1 at the 12:30 of the middle frame.

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The period would end with the Capitals leading 6-1 after 40 minutes of play.

THIRD PERIOD
Evgeny Kuznetsov would make it 7-1 at the 6:20 mark of the final frame.

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The Blues would notch their second goal of the game on a tally by Alexander Steen at the 10:00 mark of the third period. Steen would add another at 16:25 to make it 7-3. that would be the final.

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By Jon Sorensen

SCENES FROM ST. LOUIS

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has done nothing but grow over the decades, including time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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