Capitals Thump Sharks 5-1; T.J. Oshie Scores Two Goals And Registers 500th Career NHL Point


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The Washington Capitals began their annual west coast swing with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose Thursday night. The win improves the Capitals record to 32-19-7 (71 points) on the season. The Capitals now head to southern California to face the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Puck drop is set for 9:00 PM. 

SUMMARY
The Sharks struck first just 2:06 into the game, but the Capitals answered less than two minutes later with a power play goal from T.J. Oshie. The Capitals would grab their first lead of the evening with a goal from Jakub Vrana midway through the opening frame for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. Alex Ovechkin would pot his 39th goal of the season to give the Caps a 3-1 lead early in the second period and T.J. Oshie would score his second goal of the game for a 4-1 lead at the second intermission. Oshie’s second goal was his 500th career NHL point. Tom Wilson added an empty net goal in the final frame for the 5-1 win.

The Capitals played maybe their best game of the season, with solid play for 60 minutes. After an early Sharks goal, the Capitals responded by slowly taking the game away from the Sharks, ultimately scoring five-unanswered goals. There was plenty of gritty puck battle, and deft defense for the entire game. Braden Holtby was sharp once again.

STARTERS
Braden Holtby (19-14-0-4, 3.04 GAA, .907 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Martin Jones (27-10-4, 2.88 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start in goal for the Sharks. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson
Vrana-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly
Jaskin-Stephenson-DSP

Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos

Scratches: Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd and Nic Dowd

FIRST PERIOD
The Sharks notched the games first goal just 2:06 into the contest with a tally from Kevin Labanc.

The Capitals would get it right back with a power play goal from T.J. Oshie at 3:38 of the first period. John Carlson (42) and Alex Ovechkin (27) were credited with the helpers.

The Capitals would take their first lead with a goal from Jakub Vrana at 11:33 of the first period. T.J. Oshie (18) and Nicklas Backstrom (41) were credited with the assists. The assist gave Oshie 499 in his NHL career.

The first period ended with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Capitals led in shots on goal 15-10 for the first frame. The Capitals were 1 for 1 and the Sharks 0 for 0 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD
The Capitals would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Alex Ovechkin at 4:14 of the middle frame. Evgeny Kuznetsov (39) and Tom Wilson (13) were credited with the assists.

T.J. Oshie would score his second goal of the game at 18:02 of the second period. The goal was also Oshie’s 500th career NHL point. Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana were credited with the helpers.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-1.

THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals added an empty net goal from Tom Wilson at 17:25 to make it 5-1.

SHAVINGS

  • T.J. Oshie scored two goals and registered his 500th career NHL point.
  • T.J. Oshie became just the seventh player from the 2005 NHL Draft class to reach the 500 point mark, and his 0.70 points per game rank tied for fourth among players selected in 2005.
  • Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps a 3-1 lead with his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season, sitting one goal shy of his 10th career 40-goal season. Only three players in NHL history have recorded 10 or more 40-goal seasons: Wayne Gretzky (12), Marcel Dionne (10) and Mario Lemieux (10)
  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists tonight. Should he record eight more assists, he will be the only player in the NHL to record at least 50 assists the last six straight seasons.
  • Tom Wilson scored his 15th goal of the season, a new career high.
  • The NHL box score is here.

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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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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11 Responses to Capitals Thump Sharks 5-1; T.J. Oshie Scores Two Goals And Registers 500th Career NHL Point

  1. Anonymous says:

    That was impressive. 60 minutes of very good hockey.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Finally a sixty minute game that paid big dividends a victory great to finally see the effort from beginning to the end.

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  3. Diane Doyle says:

    Great game for the team. Although I did not stay up to watch as it started too close to my bedtime and have to get up for work the next day.

    (I saw last year’s Sharks game in San Jose in person, which broke the long streak of no regulation wins in San Jose. And saw the shootout win in San Jose which broke the generation long losing streak in that city. Alas, this year was not a good year for a trip to San Jose.)

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  4. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Coach Baldy gets a Stay Of Execution. Let’s see what Caps do against Anaheim (dead last with -59) and LA Kings (not much better)

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  5. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Frankovic helps us understand: “On defense, the pairing of Brooks Orpik and Christian Djoos was super sharp. When Djoos is in the lineup, it really solidifies the back end because he is so steady with the puck. He and Orpik are really a good duo, as we saw all last post season.” Translation: The Caps have six NHL defensemen and one minor leaguer. Caps are WAY overdue to trade / demote / cut / waive / replace the hapless #22. Wake Up, GMBM!

    And again Frankovic helps us to learn: “The effort was outstanding and that led to the Capitals winning the vast majority of the puck battles. It also brought back a fierce Caps forecheck that we hadn’t seen in several weeks. Coach Todd Reirden’s crew looked fast and fresh for the first time in 2019.” So the Caps have been good for ONE game in 2019. They’ve played twenty games since New Years’ Day. Being good 1 out of 20 is not good. It stinks. Coach Rierden is a bust, but the Caps (perhaps) might cobble together a late-season run to save his xyz.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    More, please?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    I think Burky is ok…

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