Capitals Crush ‘Canes 6-1, Continue to Dominate

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The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 6-1 Monday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 32-9-6. The Capitals next travel to Ottawa to face the Senators Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is 7:30PM. 


Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Caps. Cam Ward got the start in goal for the Hurricanes.

John Carlson missed his fourth consecutive game with a lower body injury. Carlson is participating in practice, but Trotz stated after practice on Monday that Carlson will likely return next week after the All-Star break.

This was the 341st consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • For the first time in 10 games, the Capitals gave up the first goal of the game.
  • Dmitry Orlov had two goals in this contest.
  • The Capitals have scored four or more goals in 11 of the last 13 games.
  • After giving up the first goal of the game, the Capitals scored 6 unanswered goals.
  • 12 different Caps had at least one point.
  • Nicklas Backstrom extended his points streak to 10 consecutive games.
  • Andre Burakovsky had three assists for the game.
  • The Capitals go 7-0-0 on home ice at Verizon Center in January.
  • The Capitals have scored 17 goals on 65 shots in last three games, for 26.1% shooting percentage.
  • The Capitals now have 70 points through 47 games.

The Capitals started the game a little bit sluggish, giving up several odd-man rushes to Carolina. The Hurricanes scored on a power play goal by Jordan Staal at 4:39 of the first period. This was the first time in 10 games the Capitals gave up the games first goal.


The Capitals would even things up on a power play goal by Dmitry Orlov at 11:49 of the first period.

Justin Williams would grab the lead for the Capitals with a long-ranger from the top of the slot at 17:05 of the opening frame, giving the Caps a 2-1 lead, and that’s how the period would end.

The Capitals led in shots on goal 12-6 for the opening frame.

The Capitals would stretch the lead to 3-1 on a blast by Dmitry Orlov at 8:06 of the middle frame.

Evgeny Kuznetsov would make it 4-1 on a drive to the goal and follow-up of a blocked shot at the 18:40 mark of the second period.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-1. The Hurricanes outshot the Capitals 8-4 for the second period. The Capitals led in shots on goal through two periods, 16-14.

The Capitals would transition to prevent defense for a majority of the final frame. TJ Oshie would add a fifth goal on a beautiful give-and-go with Alex Ovechkin at the 13:30 mark of the final frame.

The Capitals would make it 6-1 with a goal by Lars Eller at the 17:13 mark of the final frame.

That would be the final. Carolina outshot the Caps 12-9 for the final period. The final stats for the game:


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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