Capitals Calm the Wild 3-1

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The Washington Capitals beat The Minnesota Wild 3-1 Saturday night at Capital One Arena. This was the sixth straight victory over the Wild. The victory raised the Capitals record to 11-9-1. The Capitals return to action Monday night when they host the Calgary Flames at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 7:00 PM. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Backup Alex Stalock got the start for Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk was slated for the start but was a late scratch. The Capitals starting lines for the contest:


Nathan Walker and Aaron Ness were the healthy scratches. Christian Djoos and Andre Burakovsky missed the game due to injury.

A brisk pace at the start of this one, with scoring chances for both sides. The Wild led in shots on goal 6-3 through the first seven minutes of the contest.

The Capitals would be the first to dent twine with a power play goal by T.J. Oshie at the 9:42 mark of the opening frame. The goal was setup with beautiful passing down low by Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The radio call by John Walton:

The Wild would tie the game shortly thereafter with their own power play goal by Nino Niederreiter at 12:02 f the first period.

The Capitals would regain just 44 seconds later with a blast from the right point by Dmitry Orlov at 12:46 of the opening frame.

John Walton with the call:

The period would conclude with the Capitals holding on to the 2-1 lead. Washington led in shots on goal 13-12 for the first 20 minutes. Washington was 1 for 1 and Minnesota 1 for 2 on the man advantage.

The second period saw fairly even play for the first 10 minutes, with Minnesota leading in shots on goal 3-2. Alex Ovechkin took a deflected shot to the face at the 9:00 mark and would leave the game and head to the room for patching.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 2-1. Minnesota led in shots on goal 9-8 for the middle frame. The teams were tied 21-21 through two periods of play.

Alex Ovechkin would return at the start of the third period after receiving a few stitches.

Minnesota had several grade-A chances in the final frame, but puck luck and Braden Holtby would keep the period scoreless.

The Wild were tagged with a 4:00 minute high-sticking penalty late in the game that salted away the victory for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov would add a power play goal at 17:23 to make it 3-1.

John Walton with the radio call:

And that would be the final, as the Caps held on for the 3-1 win. John Walton with the final call:


  • The Capitals improved to 6-0-1 in games where they scored the first goal.
  • Washington scored two power play goals for the fifth time this season.
  • The Capitals recorded 43 shots on goal, a new single-game high this season.
  • Washington’s 22 shots in the third period was a single period high this season.
  • Braden Holtby made 30 saves on 31 shots (.968 save percentage) to win his fifth-straight home game and 11th win of the season (11-4-0).
  • Holtby improved to 8-2-0 all-time against the Wild.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 372nd consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
  • The NHL box score is here.

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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14 Responses to Capitals Calm the Wild 3-1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Holtby won the game for hem and played to his pay what is expected of him… I still think Nate S plus a 4 Mil $ D would be better than Orlov and Chorney

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