Capitals Down Dallas 4-1; End Three-Game Losing Streak

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1 at American Airlines Center on Saturday night to snap their three-game losing streak and get their first regulation win in Dallas since 1995. The Capitals are now 3-1-2 this season and pulled within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes for the Metropolitan Division lead. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves in the win.

Capitals Lineup at Stars

Center Nic Dowd drew in for forward Chandler Stephenson on the fourth-line. The Capitals made no other line changes ahead of Saturday night’s game.

First Period

Forward Tom Wilson jammed in forward Jakub Vrana’s shot from the circle in the slot to make it 1-0 Capitals on the power-play 3:17 in.

The Capitals led 11-9 in shots, 3-1 in takeaways, and 10-7 in blocked shots after one. They went 1-for-3 on the power-play and won 65% of the faceoffs in the first.

The Stars led 7-4 in hits and had one giveaway while the Capitals had six in the opening period. They also went 0-for-2 on their first-period power-plays.

Second Period

Defenseman John Carlson finished off a nice three-way passing play from the slot after the Capitals picked the puck from the Stars on the forecheck to make it 2-0 6:13 into the second.

The Capitals led 18-17 in shots, 18-8 in blocked shots, won 63% of the draws, and went 1-for-3 on the power-play in the first 40 minutes.

The Stars led 8-7 in second-period shots, 14-12 in hits, and had six giveaways while the Capitals had nine in the first two periods of action. They went 0-for-6 on the power-play through two periods.

Each team was credited with four takeaways through two.

Third Period

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov flew into the offensive zone after getting a pass from center Nicklas Backstrom and poked the puck through the five-hole of Khudobin to make it 3-0 on the power-play 3:34 into the third.

Center Radek Faksa made it 3-1, wrapping the puck around the net and tucking it past Samsonov with 13:00 left.

Captain Alex Ovechkin added an empty-netter on the backhand from center ice to make it 4-1 with 56.7 seconds left.

The Capitals led 21-10 in blocked shots, won 58% of the draws, and went 1-for-5 on the power-play.

The Stars led 8-6 in third-period shots, 17-16 in hits, and had nine giveaways while the Capitals had 14. They went 0-for-6 on the power-play.

Each team was credited with 25 shots five takeaways.

The Capitals return home from their two-game road trip to get ready for the Colorado Avalanche on Monday evening. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 5 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Capitals Down Dallas 4-1; End Three-Game Losing Streak

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Goalie Controversy!

    What will Coach Milquetoast do? Sammy is hot … and competent. Hole-by let’s them in by the dozens. But it’s poor form to sit your expensive starter, and ride the new rookie.

    Caps looked and played much better. Must have been a heck of a closed-door team meeting

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