Brett Connolly’s Third Period Goal Gives Capitals 1-0 Win Over Red Wings

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The Washington Capitals got their three-game road trip off to a great start, defeating the Red Wings 1-0. The game was scoreless through the first 46 minutes until a 2-on-0 breakaway goal by Brett Connolly gave the Capitals all they needed to escape from the Motor City. This was Philipp Grubauer’s third shutout of the season as he stopped all 38 shots he faced.  The Capitals will now head to Montreal to take on the Canadiens on Saturday night. 

CAPITALS LINES
Philipp Grubauer (12-9-3) got the start in between the pipes for the Capitals while the Red Wings countered with Jimmy Howard (19-26-8) in goal.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson
Burakovsky-Eller-Oshie
Connolly-Boyd-Vrana
Stephenson-Beagle-DSP
Defense
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos

Scratches: Evgeny Kunzetsov (upper-body injury), Alex Chiasson, Jakub Jerabek, Braden Holtby.

FIRST PERIOD
The Capitals and Red Wings each went on the power play in the early going but neither team could cash in. The Red Wings outshot the Capitals 6-1 through the first five minutes.

The Red Wings struck at 10:47 with a goal by Andreas Athanasiou.. or so they thought. Grubauer was frustrated and Trotz challenged the call for goaltending interference. If you look at the video below, it shows Tyler Bertuzzi’s elbow touching Grubauer’s left shoulder on the shot. The goal was waved off and the game remained scoreless.

Tom Wilson got into a scuffle with Evgeny Svechnikov at 13:56 but only Wilson got sent to the box for roughing. While the Caps were on the PK, Alex Ovechkin laid out this hit on Luke Glendening.

It was scoreless after one. The Red Wings outshot the Capitals 13-11.

SECOND PERIOD
The Red Wings outshot the Capitals 3-2 through the first six minutes of the period. John Carlson, who headed into Tuesday’s contest with 61 points which leads all NHL defensemen, had a few good scoring chances as did Lars Eller.

At 12:24, the Red Wings got another chance to score the first goal as both T.J. Oshie was called for tripping and Lars Eller was called for high sticking. That put Detroit at a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. It didn’t faze Grubauer as he stopped all three shots on that penalty kill.

The game was still scoreless after 40 minutes with the Red Wings outshooting the Capitals 15-10.

THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals got a power play chance at 1:27 when Darren Helm was called for interference. Carlson was the lone Capital with a scoring chance on their third power play opportunity of the night but once again they came up empty. Shortly after the power play, Grubauer made a nice blocker save on a breakaway by Anthanasiou. The Capitals were outshot 5-0 through the first five minutes of the third.

At 6:40, the Capitals capitalized on a turnover by Xavier Ouellet. On a 2-on-0 breakaway with only Howard to beat, Jakub Vrana fed Brett Connolly who buried it to put the Capitals ahead 1-0. It was Connolly’s 15th goal of the season which ties a career high that he set last season in 66 games. Though this time around, it took him 63 games to match it.

The Capitals hung on for the 1-0 win despite being outshot in the third period 11-5 and total 39-26.

NHL box score here.

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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15 Responses to Brett Connolly’s Third Period Goal Gives Capitals 1-0 Win Over Red Wings

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    No style points in hockey (thank goodness).

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  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Relieved they won, but wondered if they were basically playing down to the level of their opponents. Detroit usually seems to give up a lot of goals and have famously blown some leads.

    From a Detroit fan’s point of view, you know it’s a bad sign when:
    1) Your team scores but the goal gets overturned
    2) Your team is unable to score on a 5 on 3

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I liked Boyd。。。 How did he play?

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    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Ok in this game. He was sent to Hershey on Friday, but he will definitely be back. Bright future.

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    • Travis Boyd played so well that he was rewarded for it by being sent back down to Hershey—just like I predicted. Keep in mind that Coach Trotz–as he did with Zach Sanford last season–praised Boyd to the heavens last week when a reporter asked him why Travis was placed on the first line. He said that Boyd displayed great awareness, positioning and skill–and deserved to be slotted there..

      In my bones I was SURE that Boyd would never get enough PT to develop his skill…In order for that to happen Trotz has to be as enamored with a young player as he currently is with Tom Wilson or Teacher’s Pet Backstrom in order for them to score meaningful minutes up here…

      Disgusted,

      Clifford
      Sta. Monica

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  4. Other than Grubauer’s bounce back performance turning away 39 shots in a road game which culminated in our first shutout of the year, I’m not impressed. After all, it was an anemic Detroit team that we bested (by a grand total of one goal), not the Preds or Penguins…If this team has as much ability as some seem to think it does then we shouldn’t find ourselves in death struggles against mediocre clubs like the Red Wings night after night… yet we do…

    BTW, if I was the head coach of this team and I had a player whose shooting percentage was somewhere north of 20% I’d find a way to play him around 20 minutes per game and let the chips fall where they may–especially since secondary scoring has been as spotty this year as it has been in previous seasons–wouldn’t you?

    In case you hadn’t guessed I’m referring to Brett Connolly…

    End,

    Clifford

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