Wild Tame Capitals 2-1; Brett Connolly Scores Again


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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.

STARTERS
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:

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

Djoos-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Jensen

Scratches: Michal Kempny (lower body), Carl Hagelin (illness) and Dmitrij Jaskin.

FIRST PERIOD
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.

SECOND PERIOD
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.

THIRD PERIOD
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.

SHAVINGS

  • 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.

SCENES FROM THE DISTRICT

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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6 Responses to Wild Tame Capitals 2-1; Brett Connolly Scores Again

  1. Anonymous says:

    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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