Caps Snipe Ducks 6-4

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Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Capitals beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 Saturday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 39-11-6 (84 points). The Capitals now enter their bye-week, and will not play again until next Saturday, February 18th, in Detroit. Puck drop is 2:00PM.  

ducks-at-capsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals.

Andre Burakovsky missed his first game since sustaining a hand injury on February 9th against the Red Wings. Zach Sanford replaced Burakovsky on the third line.

Taylor Chorney was the healthy scratch for Washington.

This was the 346th consecutive sellout for the Capitals at Verizon Center.

QUICK HITS

  • The Capitals would score first for the 18th time in their last 20 games (1/3-2/11).
  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 700th career point with an assist on the Oshie goal.
  • The #Caps have scored 5+ goals in 11 straight home games, tying the NHL record (1970-71 Boston).
  • Zach Sanford would score his first NHL goal, which also turned out to be the game winner.

FIRST PERIOD
T.J. Oshie would get the Caps on the board first with a power play goal at 6:45 of the opening frame. Nicklas Backstrom had an assist on the goal, his 700th point in his NHL career. The goal was also TJ Oshie’s 400th career point.

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Nicklas Backstrom would make it 2-0 on a cleanup goal in front of the net at 14:35 of the first period.

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Tom Wilson would make it 3-0 with a similar goal to Backstroms, at 17:48 of the first period.

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The period would end with the Capitals leading 3-0. The Caps outshot the Ducks 16-5 for the opening frame.

SECOND PERIOD
The Ducks would close the gap to 3-1 on a goal by Jakob silfverberg at 7:16 of the middle frame.

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Daniel Winnik would get it back on a short-handed snip at 12:18 of the middle frame.

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The Ducks would respond with a goal by Hampus Lindholm at 17:36 of the second period, closing the gap to 4-2.

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The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-2. Shots were tied 10-10 for the middle frame. The Capitals lead 26-15 in shots on goal through two periods of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Ducks Ryan Kesler would close the gap to 4-3 at 9:38 of the final frame. Ryan Getlaf would tie the game with a goal at 11:48 of the the third period.

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Zach Sanford would score the go ahead goal at 17:21 of the final frame, giving the Capitals a 5-4 lead late in the game. This would be the game winner, and Sanford’s first career NHL goal.

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Marcus Johansson would add an empty net goal to make it 6-4, the final.

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By Jon Sorensen

SCENES FROM VERIZON CENTER

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 grown over the decades, which has included 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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2 Responses to Caps Snipe Ducks 6-4

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