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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.
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
SCENES FROM SAN JOSE
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