The Washington Capitals fell to the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena . The loss ended the Capitals winning streak at seven games and dropped the Capitals record to 15-8-3 on the season. The Capitals now hit the road for a western swing of games, starting with the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. Puck drop is 10PM ET.
Nicklas Backstrom, Chandler Stephenson and Tom Wilson registered goals in the first period, giving the Capitals a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. Evgeny Kuznetsov would add a gem and Nic Dowd would find twine in the middle frame to make it 5-1. But the Ducks would respond with two quick goals to make it 5-3 at the second intermission. The Ducks would score three unanswered goals in the final frame for the 6-5 win.
The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs:
Scratches: T.J. Oshie missed his eighth-straight game due to upper body injury (concussion). Jonas Siegenthaler and Travis Boyd were the healthy scratches.
Once again the Capitals wasted little time in finding the score sheet, as Nicklas Backstrom lit the lamp just 41 seconds into the contest. The goal was setup on a 2-on-1 break away with Alex Ovechkin, who did a nice job of setting Backstrom up. John Carlson was credited for the second assist.
The Capitals would grab a 2-0 lead moments later. Chandler Stephenson would be the benefactor of a bit of “puck luck”, as it appeared he was attempting a pass down low to Nic Dowd, but the pass was deflected off of a skate and Gibson’s goalie stick for the score at 6:08 of the first period. Nic Dowd and Dmitrij Jaskin were credited with the helpers.
The Ducks would answer. Ryan Getzlaf would find the back of the net at 9:24 to make it a 2-1 game.
But the Capitals would quickly restore the two goal lead with a power play goal from Tom Wilson. Wilson has goals in six straight games. John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov were credited with the helpers. The Ducks would pull John Gibson and replace him with Ryan Miller following the Wilson goal.
The period would end with the Capitals leading 3-1. Washington outshot Anaheim 11-9 for the first 20 minutes.
The Capitals would add to their lead with a dazzling goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 4:59 of the middle frame. Brett Connolly was credited with the lone assist. Kuznetsov would go below the goal line and tuck it home for the tally.
Nic Dowd would make it 5-1 with a tally at 13:30 of the second period. Chandler Stephenson and Dmtrij Jaskin were credited with the assists.
This time the Ducks would answer. Andrew Cogliano would take the puck from Dmitry Orlov and finish at 14:31 to make it 5-2. Then Rickard Rickell would close the gap to 5-3 with a tally at 15:26.
The second period would end with the Caps leading 5-3. Anaheim would outshoot Washington 9-8 in the middle frame. The Capitals were 1 for 3 and the Ducks 0 for 0 on the man advantage after 40 minutes.
The Ducks would tie the game with a pair of power play goals from Pontus Aberg and Hampus Lindholm at 7:16 and 9:01 of the final frame.
The Ducks would take their first lead of the game with a goal from Pontus Aberg, his second goal of the period, to make it 6-5.
- The NHL box score is here.
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