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 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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