Sharks Tank Capitals 4-2

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The Washington Capitals fell to the San Jose Sharks 4-2 Thursday night at SAP Center. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 44-14-8 (95 points). The Capitals next travel south to Los Angeles for a visit with the Kings on Saturday night. Puck drop is 10:30 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Caps. Martin Jones got the start in goal for the Sharks.

Andre Burakovsky missed his 10th consecutive game due to a hand injury.

Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for the Caps.

This was the first of three games on the west coast for the Capitals.


  • The Capitals have not won in regulation in San Jose since 1993.
  • The typically stout penalty kill of the Caps gave up two power play goals in the first four penalties.
  • Capitals went 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Caps are 5-4-1 since the bye week.

Daniel Winnik would notch the game’s first goal at 5:26 of the opening frame. The goal was setup by a beautiful centering feed from Jay Beagle along the boards.

The Sharks would tie it up on a goal by Joe Thornton at the 8:43 mark of the first period.

The first period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. The Caps outshot the Sharks 12-9 for the opening period.

The Sharks would take the lead on a goal by Joe Pavelski at the 2:32 mark on the middle frame.

Brett Connolly would tie the game at the 14:40 mark of the middle frame. The goal was setup by a nice centering feed by Kevin Shattenkirk.

The Sharks would regain the lead late in the period with a power play goal by Logan Couture at 18:04 of the middle frame.

The period would end with the Sharks leading 3-2. The Sharks outshot the Caps 10-8 for the middle frame. The Caps led in shots on goal 20-19 after two periods of play.

Logan Couture would add a power play goal at the 8:05 mark of the final frame. The score was setup by a nice feed from Brett Burns.

The Sharks would hold on for the 4-2 win.

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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