Capitals Smother Flames 5-3; John Carlson Scores Twice, Extends Points Streak

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The Washington Capitals doused the Calgary Flames 5-3 Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. After a scoreless, sleepy first frame, the Capitals would quickly strike in the middle frame with goals from John Carlson and Chandler Stephenson for an early two-goal lead. However, the Flames would answer with a pair of goals of their own to tie the game late in the period. But Alex Ovechkin would pot a tally 10 seconds later for a 3-2 Caps lead at the second intermission. The Capitals would add a late goal from Tom Wilson and John Carlson would add an empty net goal for the 5-2 lead. Calgary would add a late goal for the 5-3 final. The Capitals next face the Oilers in Edmonton Thursday night. Puck drop is set for just after 9:00 PM.


Braden Holtby (3-1-0-2, 3.70 GAA, .878 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Cam Talbot (1-1-0-0, 1.75 GAA, .931sv%) got the start in goal for the Flames. The Capitals starting lines and defensive pairs:

Michal Kempny was reunited with John Carlson on the top pair for the first time since prior to Kempny’s Injury.

The Capitals and Flames skated to a scoreless draw in the first frame.  The Flames led the possession battle in the first period, out-attempting the Capitals 19-13, and led 15-9 in shots on goal. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play for the period.

The Capitals would finally break the seal on the scoring jar with a goal from John Carlson just 35 seconds into the middle frame(more here.). Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie had the assists.

The Capitals would quickly make it 2-0 with a tally from Chandler Stephenson at 2:41 of the second period.

But the Flames would answer this time. Elias Lindholm would cut the Capitals lead to 2-1 with a power play goal at 3:19 of the second period.

The Flames would tie the game just before the end of the period with a goal from Austin Czarnik at 16:25 of the second period.

But The Capitals would answer just 10 seconds later to retake the lead. Alex Ovechkin would pot his seventh goal of the season at 16:35 of the second period. Nicklas Backstrom would be credited with the lone assist.

The period would conclude with the Capitals leading 3-2. The Capitals out-attempted the Flames 14-13, but the Flames led in shots on goal 10-8. The Flames led in shot attempts 32-27 and 25-17 in shots on goal after two periods. The Capitals were 0 for 2 and Calgary 1 for 4 on the power play after two periods.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to two goals with a tally from Tom Wilson at 12:34 of  the final frame. Lars Eller and Michal Kempny would get the helpers.

John Carlson would add an empty net goal and Calgary would add a late for the 5-3 final.


  • The NHL box score is here.
  • For the first time in franchise history, the #Caps have earned five wins (5-1-0) in their first six road games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist on Ovechkin’s goal, and he now has the fifth most assists in NHL history by a Swedish-born player.
  • John Carlson scores his fourth goal of the season. He’s on an eight game point streak (4g, 12a), the longest points streak of his career.


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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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