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The Minnesota Wild edged the Washington Capitals 2-1 Friday night at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 43-24-8 (94 points) for the season. The Capitals are back on the ice Sunday afternoon when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 12:30 PM.
Braden Holtby (27-18-5, 2.95 GAA, .907 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Devan Dubnyk (28-25-6, 2.59 GAA, .912 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Wild. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Scratches: Michal Kempny (lower body), Carl Hagelin (illness) and Dmitrij Jaskin.
The Wild would be the first to dent the twine late in the opening frame with a goal from Jordan Greenway at 16:33.
And that would be all of the scoring for the first 20 minutes. The Capitals led in shot attempts 13-8 for the first frame. Shots on goal were 6-6 after 20 minutes. The Capitals were 0 for 2 and the Wild 0 for 0 on power play in the first frame.
The Capitals would tie the game midway through the middle frame with a re-direct from Brett Connolly at 10:42 of the second period. Nick Jensen and T.J. Oshie were credited with the assists.
And that would be all of the scoring in the middle frame. The Wild out-attempted the Capitals 26-14 for the second period. Minnesota led in shots on goal 15-9 for the middle frame. The Capitals were 0 for 3 and the Wild 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes.
The Wild would regain the lead with a break away snipe from Luke Kunin at 12:25 of the final frame.
That was it. The Wild would win it 2-1.
- The Capitals led in shot attempts 43-47
- Capitals won the battle at the dot 52-48%.
- The Wild led in shots on goal 27-22.
- NHL box score is here.
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Hi I had like one of the greatest experiences of my life. Mom and I snagged row 4 seats like an hour before the game started and then I asked very nicely (begged?) this wonderful woman Kristen if we could sit in the empty VIP seats along the glass next to her and she says “YEAH BABY COME ON IN” AND I HAVE PEAKED. WHAT A WILD RIDE. I HAD A G R E A T TIME. Would have liked a caps win but I’ll be back on Sunday to see them crush Philly 😉 #Allcaps
Lack of desperation. 1 for last 9 on pp, unacceptable. And we know Caps are usually a rock solid 5on5 team so when STs goes south thats when they start losing. I believe they said since the break pp only going at 15%, thats god awful. Last year it was clicking 28%+ all throughout playoffs and was abig reason they won. You could bank on 1-2 big goals a game every time opponent took a penalty. Now you almost dont want a pp,
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