Blues Beat Capitals, 5-2; Alex Ovechkin Scores 30th Goal Of The Season

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The Washington Capitals began their three-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Thursday night. The loss ended the Capitals’ five-game road winning streak. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 37 saves in the loss. 

Capitals Lines at Blues

The Capitals changed their top-six forward lines to the ones they used in their Stanley Cup run last Spring. Forward Dmitrij Jaskin drew back in the lineup against his former team after sitting out the past five games. Forward Devante Smith-Pelly came out in favor of Jaskin. Center Travis Boyd came out in favor of center Nic Dowd. Defenseman Matt Niskanen returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played in his personal-best 202nd consecutive game.

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko missed the game due to an illness.

First Period

Forward Robert Thomas beat Holtby with a deflection from defenseman Robert Bortuzzo’s shot from the point four minutes in to make it 1-0 Blues with a screen in front.

Captain Alex Ovechkin ended his six-game goal drought with a wicked wrist shot from the right circle past the blocker of Allen for his 30th goal of the season after getting a cross-ice feed from defenseman Michal Kempny to tie the game.

The Capitals led 13-9 in shots, 4-3 in blocked shots, and 4-2 in hits after one period of play. They won 53% of the faceoffs in the first.

The Blues led 7-4 in takeaways and had only one giveaway while the Capitals had two after 20 minutes.

Each team went 0-for-2 on the power-play in the first frame.

Second Period

Wilson and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo dropped the gloves 2:13 into the period. After Bortuzzo threw the first few punches, Wilson took him down.

Forward Brett Connolly called his own number on a two-on-one with forward Andre Burakovsky, faking a pass and then toe-dragging past defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. His first shot was stopped by Allen but Connolly potted the rebound for his ninth goal of the season and a 2-1 Capitals lead three minutes into the period.


Defenseman Colton Parayko tied it up on the doorstep after getting a backdoor feed from center Ryan O’Reilly. Parayko put it farside on Holtby on the power-play with 7:38 to go in the second.

Forward Oskar Sundqvist dove in front of the crease to bury Pietrangelo’s rebound with 3:27 left in the period to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead.

The Capitals led 10-6 in hits and 9-4 in blocked shots after two periods. They went 0-for-2 on the man advantage in the first 40 minutes.

The Blues led 28-23, including 19-10 in the second period, in shots, 15-8 in takeaways, and won 61% of the draws through two periods. They went 1-for-4 on the power-play in the first two periods.

Each team was credited with four takeaways through 40 minutes.

Third Period

Pietrangelo extended the lead to 4-2 with a wrist shot from the point after getting it from forward David Period, who just got it after Wilson blocked a shot, 5:44 into the period.

Tyler Bozak made it 5-2 on a breakway after he picked Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov’s pass in the neutral zone. Bozak snapped it past Holtby’s glove for his sixth goal of the season with 8:52 left.

The Capitals led 16-14 in hits and 14-6 in blocked shots. They went 0-for-3 on the man advantage.

The Blues led 42-25, including 14-2 in the third period, in shots, 19-9 in takeaways, and won 69% of the draws. They went 1-for-4 on the power-play. St. Louis had four giveaways while Washington had eight.

The Capitals face the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center tomorrow night. Action from the Lone Star State is slated to start at 8:30 PM Eastern and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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