Kuznetsov, Kempny Score Twice; Capitals Rally To Win 6-5 In Shootout: Inside The Numbers

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Evgeny Kuznetsov would open the scoring early in the first, but the Canucks would respond with five unanswered goals over the first and second periods to take a 5-1 lead late in second period. Evgeny Kuznetsov would burry the Capitals second goal of the game just prior to the end of the middle frame, making it 5-2 at the second intermission. The Capitals would score three unanswered goals in the first 7:41 of the third period to tie the game 5-5. The remainder of regulation and the overtime period would go scoreless. Nicklas Backstrom would pot the game winner in the shootout. (Game recap, goals here.)

The Capitals now have a few well-deserved days off before they face the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday.


The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov just 3:18 into the contest, but the Canucks would answer just over two minutes later with a goal from Brock  Boesser at 5:33. The Canucks would take their first lead of the game just under two minutes later with a short handed goal from Tim Schaller at 7:29. The first would end with the Canucks leading 2-1.

The Canucks would stretch their lead to 3-1 on Elias Pettersson’s third goal of the season at 5:59 of the middle frame. The Canucks would add another from their fourth line when Tim Schaller scored his second goal of the game at 13:59 of the second period. The Canucks would make it 5-1 with a goal from Jake Virtanen 55 seconds later at 14:54 before Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second goal of the game with less than a second to go in the period to make it 5-2 at the second intermission.

The Capitals would close the gap to 5-3 with a short handed goal from Lars Eller just 1:57 into the final period. The Capitals would quickly cut the Canucks lead to one with a goal from Michal Kempny at 4:57 of the final frame. Michal Kempny would pot his second goal of the game at 7:41 and the game was tied 5-5. Regulation would end tied 5-5.

The extra frame was controlled mostly by the Capitals, but they were unable to net the game-winner. TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom would score in the shootout to give the Capitals the 6-5 win.


  • The Capitals scored four goals in a span of 7:42 at the end of the second period and at the start of the third period to tie the game.
  • Canucks won the faceoff battle 60-40%
  • Ilya Samsonov was strong in the shootout, stopping all but one attempt.
  • The Capitals have scored 49 goals this season, the most in the NHL.
  • The Capitals are 6-1-1 on the road this season, and their six wins and 13 points lead the NHL.

The shot attempts  were tied 12-12, with shots on goal tied at 8-8 for the first period of play. The Canucks led in shot attempts 21-15 and in shots on goal 13-6 for the middle frame, with Canucks leading 5-2 after two periods. The Canucks led in shot attempts 14-13 and shots on goal 7-6 in the third period.

For the game, the Canucks led in shot attempts 48-41 and led in shots on goal 34-29. The Canucks led in ‘Corsi For’ 53.93% to 46.07%.


  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 29 of 34 shots for a .853 game save percentage. Samsonov earned his fourth career win, and tied a career-high with 29 saves against Vancouver. Samsonov leads all rookie goaltenders in wins this season.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Capitals in shots on goal with 7.
  • Travis Boyd made his season debut tonight. Last season, Boyd’s 1.01 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranked second on the Capitals, behind only Evgeny Kuznetsov (1.15).


  • The Capitals overcame a deficit of four goals to win a game for the fifth time in franchise history and first time since Dec. 23, 2008 (5-4 OT W at NYR). The three other instances of the Capitals overcoming a deficit of four goals to win a game: Oct. 23, 1991 (6-5 W at EDM), Feb. 2, 1986 (5-4 W at HFD) and Dec. 15, 1979 (5-4 W vs. NYR).
  • Per NHL Stats, tonight’s win marked only the third time that the Capitals have overcome a 4+ goal deficit to win a game with only 21 minutes or less remaining in a game. The Capitals previously accomplished the feat 2/2/1986 at Hartford and 12/15/1979 at NYR.
  • With eight wins this month, the Capitals have tied their club record for the most wins in the month of October (2015-16: 8-2-0).

By Jon Sorensen

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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2 Responses to Kuznetsov, Kempny Score Twice; Capitals Rally To Win 6-5 In Shootout: Inside The Numbers

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Exciting game!

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