Capitals Douse Flames 4-2

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The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Tuesday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 47-17-8 (102 points). The Capitals next host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Brian Elliott got the start in net for the Flames.

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

Brooks Orpik, who took a maintenance day on Monday, was able to start for the Capitals.

Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 353rd consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • The Capitals have scored first in 28 of their last 36 games (1/3-3/21) and have posted a 38-7-5 record this season when scoring first.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first goal as a Capital in the second period.
  • Alex Ovechkin has earned five assists in his last five games (1g, 5a) and recorded 31 points in his last 33 games (10g, 21a).
  • T.J. Oshie scored his 30th goal of the season in the second period.
  • Nicklas Backstrom had 3 assists in the game.
  • Nicklas Backstrom ranks second in the NHL in multi-assist games this season (Connor McDavid: 15).

The Capitals struck first with a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov at 6:47 of the opening frame. The goal was setup by Andre Burakovsky who stole the puck at center ice and made a fantastic feed to Kuznetsov.

The Flames would square things up with a goal by Sean Monahan at the 10:06 mark of the first period.

The first period would end with the game tied 1-1. The teams were also tied in shots on goal at 12-12.

T.J. Oshie would give the Capitals a 2-1 lead late in the middle frame on the end of a beautiful feed from Backstrom and Ovechkin. Time of the goal 15:51.

The Caps would tally a power play goal with 2.9 seconds left in the middle frame by Kevin Shattenkirk.

The period would end with the Caps leading 3-1. The Caps outshot the Flames 20-6 for the middle frame. Caps led in 32-18 in shots on goal thru the first two periods.

Troy Brouwer would make it 3-2 with a goal at 15:04 of the final frame, but Alex Ovechkin would regain the two goal lead with a power play goal at 17:09 of the final frame.

The Capitals would win 4-2.

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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7 Responses to Capitals Douse Flames 4-2

  1. Martha Perry says:

    Next game Saturday against Arizona? Did you forget Caps play Columbus Thursday?

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