Capitals Tame Wild 4-2

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The Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 Tuesday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 45-17-7 (97 points). The Capitals next host the Nashville Predators Thursday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Caps.

Andre Burakovsky missed his 13th consecutive game due to a hand injury.

Kevin Shattenkirk served the second of his two game suspension. Nate Schmidt replaced Shattenkirk in the lineup.

Taylor Chorney was the healthy scratch for the Caps.


  • Alex Ovechkin broke a 20-game 5-on-5 scoreless streak in the second period.
  • Ovechkin has 8 goals, 4 assists in 5 career games vs D.Dubnyk. 11 goals in 11 games versus the Wild. (@MillerPenaltybx)
  • Caps end four game losing streak.
  • Caps were 6 for 7 on the penalty kill.
  • Caps had 40 shots on goal in the game.
  • Tom Wilson played in his 300th NHL/Capitals game tonight.
  • Justin Williams led all skaters in shots (8).
  • Nate Schmidt scored a goal, marking his second of the season (1/5 vs. CBJ: 1g, 1a).
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his third power-play goal of the season and has earned nine points in his last 12 games (2/19-3/14: 4g, 5a).
  • Jay Beagle scored a goal, marking his career-high 12th goal and 27th point of the season.
  • Nicklas Backstrom earned three assists, marking his third three-assist game of the season and 34th of his career.

The majority of the first period was dominated by the Minnesota Wild, but it would be the Caps that would notch the only tally of the period. Nate Schmidt would knock one home at the 19:48 mark of the opening frame.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Caps outshot the Wild 15-14 for the opening frame.

Alex Ovechkin would give the Capitals a 2-0 lead with a goal from the office at 14:52 of the middle frame.

Evgeny Kuznetsov would stretch the Capitals lead to 3-0 with a power play goal at 17:08 of the middle frame.

The period would conclude with the Caps leading 3-0. The Caps outshot the Wild 14-11 for the second period, and led 29-25 in shots on goal thru two periods of play.

Matt Dumba would get the Wild on the board with a quick score at 0:37 into the final frame.

Eric Staal would close the gap to 3-2 with a power play goal at 4:37 of the final frame.

Jay Beagle would notch a tally late in the third period with a nasty wrister at 14:19 of the final frame.

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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