Capitals Beat The Blues 3-2 In Second Preseason Game; Radko Gudas, Richard Panik Score First Goals For Washington; Nicklas Backstrom Scores Game Winner Late

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The Washington Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. New guys Radko Gudas and Richard Panik would register the Capitals first two goals, with Nicklas Backstrom scoring the game winner with less than seven seconds remaining in regulation. The Capitals will wrap-up their preseason homestand this Saturday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena.


Vitek Vanecek got the start in goal for the Capitals. Ilya Samsonov would play the second half of the game.

Connor McMichael, Aliaksei Protas, Beck Malenstyn and Damien Riat also started, making them the only prospects to play in the first two games of the preseason.

The Blues’ lines for the game:

The Capitals and Blues battled to a scoreless draw through the first 13 minutes of play. The Blues would finally break the seal at 13:37 with a goal from below the goal line by Austin Poganski. The shot bounced off of the skate of Brett Leason, beating Vanecek.

The first period would conclude with the Blues leading 1-0. Shots on goal were tied 10-10. The Capitals out-attempted the Blues 17-11 for the first frame.

The Capitals would tie the game with a goal from Radko Gudas, his first as a Capital, at 7:15 of the middle frame. Brett Leason and Alex Ovechkin were credited with the helpers.

Vitek Vanecek yielded the crease to Ilya Samsonov at 10:38 of the second period in a 1-1 game. Vanecek stopped 13 of 14 and looked sharp.

Connor Hobbs and Nick Lappin would drop the mitts at 8:31 of the middle frame. Moments later the Capitals found themselves in a 5-on-3 penalty kill, but were successful in squelching the Blues power play.

The second period would expire with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shots on goal 13-9 for the middle frame.

The Blues would regain the lead with a slick power play goal from former Washington Capital Zach Sanford at 2:05 of the final frame.

The Capitals would be the benefactors of a power play with 2:20 left in the final frame. Richard Panik would tie the game with a gritty goal at 18:51, making it 2-2.

Nicklas Backstrom would win the game late with a fluky goal shot from near center ice at 19:53 of the third period.

John Walton with the call on Caps Radio:


  • Vitek Vanecek stopped 13 of 14 shots faced for a .929 save percentage.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 11 of 12 for a .917 save percentage.
  • The Blues won the battle at the dot 57-43%. Panik 0 for 4, Backstrom 12 for 23, McMichael 1 for 7, Malenstyn 1 for 2, Protas 3 for 7, Oshie 3 for 5, Kuznetsov 6 for 12.
  • The Blues were 1 for 6 and the Capitals 1 for 4 on the power play.
  • Capitals led in shots on goal 33-27.
  • Radko Gudas had a goal and an assist.
  • Alex Ovechkin had two assists.



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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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