Capitals Fall To Stars 2-1 (OT)

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Dallas Stars 2-1 (OT) Friday night in Dallas. The loss drops the Capitals record to 24-12-4 (52 points) on the season. The Capitals return to action Sunday afternoon when they visit the Red  Wings in Detroit. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM. 

After the Stars took a 1-0 lead in the first period, the Capitals answered back with a goal from Lars Eller midway through the second period for a 1-1 tie at the second intermission. After a scoreless third period,

Pheonix Copley (9-2-1, 2.61 GAA, .914 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Anton Khudobin (7-7-2, 2.63 GAA,.920 sv%) got the start in goal for the Stars. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Scratches: Madison Bowey, Nic Dowd and Dmitrij Jaskin

The Stars would strike first with a power play goal from Tyler Seguin at 13:20 of the opening frame.

The first period would end with the Stars holding on to a 1-0 lead. The Stars led in shot attempts 20-9 and led in shots on goal 14-5. Dallas was 1 for 2 on the man advantage. The Capitals did not get a power play.

The Capitals would tie the game with a goal from Lars Eller at 10:19 of the middle frame. Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Orpik were credited with the helpers.

The second period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shot attempts 17-10, and in shots on goal 15-8 for the middle frame.

The Capitals and Stars would battle to a scoreless draw in the final frame, sending the game into overtime. The Capitals outshot the Stars 14-2 in the final frame, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Stars would win it in overtime with a goal from Tyler Seguin, his second of the game.


  • Alex Ovechkin set a career high tonight with his 204th consecutive game today (started Oct. 13, 2016 at Pittsburgh, surpassing 203 games, Feb. 3, 2006 through Oct. 25, 2008).
  • With that goal, Eller is now tied with Jannik Hansen (109) for third place on the all-time goals list by a Danish born player.
  • Burakovsky recorded the primary assist on Eller’s goal. He came into tonight’s game with eight points (5g, 3a) in eight games against Dallas, tied for the most goals he has against a single franchise and the highest points per game total (1.00) he has against any single franchise
  • The NHL box score is here.


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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3 Responses to Capitals Fall To Stars 2-1 (OT)

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    And once more we lose since our Power Play is nonexistent AND our PK is not perfect. For the Caps to have any chance of winning, they need to get two more even strength goals than the opposition since special teams puts them down one goal to start with.

    Today was a throwback to the days of Hunter Hockey. Low scoring coin flip games (and the team would roll tails all too often). Ovi was having a down year in the Hunter Hockey days.

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