Capitals Prospect Showcase: Game 3 – Washington Beats Nashville 8-5


The Washington Capitals closed-out the 2018 Prospect Showcase schedule Tuesday afternoon with a rematch against the Nashville Predators at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. The Capitals offense continued to roll, posting a 8-5 win over the Predators prospects. The Capitals scored 17 goals in their three games for the tournament.

The Capitals fell to the Predators 5-4 in the opening game of the Showcase on Saturday (recap here). After a day off on Sunday, the Capitals rebounded from their opening loss with a decisive 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (recap here). [You can easily access all of our prospect reports and analysis at anytime by clicking on the “Prospects” tab in the main menu at the top of the page.]

The Capitals’ lines for the tournament finale:

Shane Gersich and Ilya Samsanov we’re scratched for the final game.

(NOTE: Props to the Capitals Mike Vogel for his excellent reporting, as usual, as today’s game was completely blacked-out.)

Garrett Pilon opened the games scoring, with assists from Riley Sutter and Alex Kannok-Leipert, at 7:46 of the opening frame.

The Predators tied the game at 13:15, but the Capitals answered right back. Riley Sutter potted the go-ahead goal with a shot from the slot at 14:55 of the opening frame.

The Capitals lead 2-1 after 20 minutes and led in shots on goal 11-10 after one period.

Connor Hobbs stretched the Capitals lead to 3-1 at 4:03 of 2nd with assists from Garrett Pilon and Alexander Alexeyev.

Max Kammerer would make it 4-1 (unassisted) at 5:17 of the middle frame, but the Predators responded with a short-handed goal from Eeli Tolvanen midway through the second period.

The Capitals led 4-2, after two periods.

Riley Sutter scored his third of the tourney and his second of the game, picking up a rebound of a Pilon shot and backhanding it home at the 22-second mark of the final frame,  making it 5-2.

Beck Malenstyn increased the Caps lead with a nice snipe from the bottom of the right circle at 12:33 to make it 6-2. That marks his second of the Showcase.

Richard scores for Preds with 4:01 left, but the #Caps get it back just 22 seconds later on an Eric Florchuk goal. With that goal, all six of the Caps’ 2018 draftees have collected at least a point in the tourney.

The Predators responded with two quick goals, at 3:07 and Tolvanen scored his second of the game off Thompson’s glove with 2:58 left. It’s 7-5. According to Mike Vogel, that’s four goals in 63 seconds.

The Caps Kody Clark would join in on the fun with a tally at 17:58, making it 8-5, and that would be the final.


  • The Capitals scored 17 goals and gave up 10 goals (+7) for the tournament.
  • All six of the Caps’ 2018 draftees have collected at least One point in the showcase.
  • 10 different Capitals forwards scored a goal in the three game showcase.
  • Capitals prospects now head home, and for many, prepare for the stat of training camp, which begins a Thursday at Medstar Capitals Iceplex.


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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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5 Responses to Capitals Prospect Showcase: Game 3 – Washington Beats Nashville 8-5

  1. krak says:

    If Johansen was playing the right side in the game today, does that mean he has a future as left-shot playing on the right? Or was him playing there due to all the LHD that we have in our system.

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  4. Joan Cooper says:

    Hi – Looking for a practice schedule!!

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