Stars Darken Capitals 4-3 (OT); Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores In First Game Back Following Suspension

The Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 (OT) Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the scoring in the first period, with Stars tying the game 1-1 early in the middle frame. John Carlson would add a Caps tally late in the second period for a 2-1 lead at the second intermission. The Stars would tie the game with a goal from Alexander Radulov midway through the final frame, and add a goal from Nick Kaamano later in the period for a 3-2 lead. Nicklas Backstrom would knock-home a goal with less than a minute to go in the game for a 3-3 tie after regulation. The Stars would win it 43 seconds into the extra frame with a goal from Tyler Seguin.Β 

The Capitals now hit the road for a pair games, first in Nashville against the Predators on Thursday and then Dallas for a rematch with the Stars on Saturday.


Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Ben Bishop started in goal for the visiting Stars. The starting lines for the Capitals:

The game marked Evgeny Kuznetsov’s first game of the season, after serving a three-game suspension to start the season.

Evgeny Kuznetsov wasted all of about four minutes before he would get on the score sheet. Kuznetsov potted a beautiful backhander at 4:49 of the first, giving the Capitals an early 1-0 lead. Jonas Siegenthaler would be credited with the lone assist.

That would be all of the scoring in the first frame. The Capitals dominated possession, leading 14-5 in shots on goal.

The Stars would tie things up early in the middle frame with a goal from Roope Hintz at 1:59 of the second period.

The Capitals would regain the lead late in the period with a goal from John Carlson at 15:55 of the middle frame. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were credited with the helpers.

The second period would end with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Capitals lead in shots on goal 14-5 (same as first period) and lead 28-10 after two periods.

The Stars tied the game midway through the final frame with a goal from Alexander Radulov at 7:53 of the final frame. The Stars registered the first 10 shot attempts of the third period.

The Stars would would grab their first lead of the night with a goal from Nick Kaamano at 12:02 of the final frame.

The Capitals would have a 4-on-3 and a 5-on-3 man-advantage late in the final frame but could not convert.

The Capitals would tie the game in the last minute with a 6-on-5 goal from Nicklas Backstrom at 19:29 of the final frame.

The Stars would win it in overtime with a goal from Tyler Seguin at :43 of the extra frame.


  • The Stars are now 12-2-2 in last 16 games in Washington.
  • The Capitals lead in shots on goal 32-26.
  • The Capitals lead in shot attempts 43-28. (60.58%)
  • Braden Holtby stopped 17 of 21 for an .846 game save percentage.
  • The Stars were 0 for 4 and the Capitals 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • The Capitals won the battle at the dot 54-46%.
  • John Carlson is now seven goals away from tying Scott Stevens (98) for the fifth-most goals by a Capitals defenseman in franchise history.
  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist on Carlson’s goal. He’s now five assists shy of passing Daniel Sedin (648) for the fifth most assists all-time by a Swedish-born player.

By Jon Sorensen


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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 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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5 Responses to Stars Darken Capitals 4-3 (OT); Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores In First Game Back Following Suspension

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Frustrating loss! Caps dominate their opponent for long stretches but refuse to score goals. Then they wilt in the Third Period, suggesting insufficient conditioning during the elongated off-season. Two of four enemy goals were stoppable. But NO! In they go.

    Some guy named “Panik” is on the roster, and supposedly has played four games. Anybody seen him? Future Hall of Famer Chandler Stephenson is tearing up the NHL. I wonder why Nick Dowd got the hook? Caps Power Play didn’t score but looked less ridiculous with Kuznetsov back on the ice.

    Yes it’s early in the season, but these two choke losses were pretty rotten.

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