Caps rally to beat the Stars 4-3 (OT)

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The Capitals beat the Stars 4-3 Saturday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The win raised the Capitals record to 31-9-6. The Capitals next travel home for one game when they host the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:00PM. 

kuznetsov-capitals-at-dallasPhlipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Capitals. Kari Lehtonen got the stars for the Stars.

John Carlson missed his third straight game due to a lower body injury. Carlson practiced for a while during morning skate.

This was the final game of a three-gae road trip for the Caps.

This was the second game of the mentors’ trip.


  • The Capitals have scored the game’s first goal in 10 consecutive games.
  • The bottom six has now accounted for each of the last five of the games first goals.
  • Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s first goal for the fourth straight game.
  • The Stars did a good job of taking the Caps out of their style of play, forcing a more physical game through the first two periods.
  • The Capitals had 13 shots on goal through two periods of play, and trailed 3-1 at the second intermission.
  • The Capitals battled back in the third to tie the game 3-3 with two power play goals.
  • This was the Capitals first win against the Stars since 2008.
  • Since 2008, the Capitals have posted a cumulative 12-5-0 record on the annual “mentors trip”.

Andre Burakovsky would once again score the games first goal with a wrister from the slot at 1:51 of the opening frame.

The Stars would get a 5-on-3 advantage immediately following the Caps goal, but the Capitals penalty kill would successfully defend, limiting the Stars to just one shot on goal. However, the Stars would tie it up at the 6:26 mark on a goal by Adam Cracknell.


The game would get a bit testy from following the Dallas goal. Tom Wilson and Brett Ritchie would drop the gloves at the 11:51 mark. As soon as play resumed, Daniel Winnik and Antione Roussel would drop the gloves.

The period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Stars outshot the Capitals 15-9 for the period.

The Stars would take the lead on a goal by Cody Eaves at 6:47 of the middle frame.


The Stars would add a controversial power play goal at 15:59 of the middle frame, giving the Stars a 3-1 lead. The goal was initially waved off for goalie interference, but after review the goal was allowed. The period would end with the Stars leading 3-1. The Stars led in shots on goal 25-13 after two periods of play.

The Capitals would close the gap to 3-2 on a power play goal by Alex Ovechkin at the 3:18 mark of the final frame.

The Capitals would tie the game on another power play goal by TJ Oshie at 5:26 of the final frame. Oshie deflected a bomb by Matt Niskanen from the point.

The third period would end with the game tied 3-3. The Stars led in shots on goal 35-21 through three periods of play.

The Capitals would win it in overtime on a goal by Jay Beagle.



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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