Capitals Ground Jets 3-1; Pheonix Copley Strong In Goal


Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

The Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Sunday evening at Capital One Arena. The win improves the Capitals record to 41-21-7 (89 points) on the season. The win is also the Capitals seventh-straight. The Capitals now hit the road for four games starting with a tilt with the Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

SUMMARY
The Capitals opened the scoring with a dagger from Nicklas Backstrom at the top of the slot, but former Capital Mathieu Perreault would even things up a little less than two minutes later for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. Carl Hagelin would score on a breakaway in the middle frame for a 2-1 Caps lead at the second intermission. Lars Eller would add an empty net goal for the 3-1 win.

STARTERS
Pheonix Copley (14-5-0-3, 3.06 GAA, .901 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Connor Hellebuyck (28-18-2, 2.99 GAA, .910 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Jets. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Wilson
Vrana-Backstrom-Oshie
Hagelin-Eller-Connolly
Burakovsky-Dowd-Boyd

Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Jensen

Sratches: Chandler Stephenson, Dmitrij Jaskin and Christian Djoos.

FIRST PERIOD
The Capitals opened the scoring with a snipe from Nicklas Backstrom at 4:35 of the first period. John Carlson (50) and Michal Kempny (17) were credited with the assists.

The Jets would answer right back. Former Capital Mathieu Perreault would notch the tying tally at 6:23.

The first period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shot attempts 17-9, but trailed in shots on goal 8-5. The Capitals were 0 for 0 and the Jets 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Capitals would take a 2-1 lead with a power play goal from Carl Hagelin at 14:32 of the middle frame. The break away was setup by a nice backhanded feed from Nic Dowd. Hagelin was exiting the penalty box on the play.

The second period would end with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Jets outshot the Caps 15-4 for the second period and led 23-9 after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals added an empty net goal from Lars Eller late in the final frame for the 3-1 win.

SHAVINGS

  • The Capitals were outshot 34-18 for the game.
  • The Capitals seven consecutive wins ties a season-high.
  • John Carlson recorded an assist on Backstrom’s goal. Carlson has 50 assists on the season and has recorded back-to-back 50 assist seasons to become the third defenseman in franchise history to achieve that feat (Scott Stevens: 1986-89; Larry Murphy: 1986-88).
  • The NHL box score is here.

SCENES FROM THE DISTRICT

View this post on Instagram

#letsgocaps #ALLCAPS #rockthered @capitals

A post shared by Sabrina Strand (@onefoot_twofoot) on

View this post on Instagram

Nbd. #ALLCAPS

A post shared by Subourbon.Living (@subourbon.living) on

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.
This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Capitals Ground Jets 3-1; Pheonix Copley Strong In Goal

  1. Pingback: Capitals Ground Jets 3-1; Pheonix Copley Strong In Goal – Loderico Ochia

  2. Pingback: Capitals Head Out For Huge Eastern Conference Road Swing | NoVa Caps

  3. Pingback: What A Rush! Capitals’ Line Rush of the Game: “Hags” Away! | NoVa Caps

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s