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 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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