Canucks Beat Capitals 2-1 In Shootout

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 (SO) Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena. The shootout loss drops the Capitals record to 16-4-5 (37 points) on the season. The Capitals remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division, four points ahead of the Islanders, but the Islanders have played five less games. The Capitals return to the ice on Wednesday when they host the Panthers at Capital One Arena. Puck is just after 7:00 PM.


The Capitals cracked the seal on the scoring just 2:22 into the contest with a tally from Jakub Vrana, but the Canucks would answer with a power play goal for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. After a scoreless middle frame and scoreless third period and scoreless overtime, Bo Horvat would win it for the Canucks in the shootout.

Braden Holtby (11-2-0-3, 2.98 GAA, .904 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Jacob Markstrom (6-6-0-3, 2.84 GAA, .909 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Canucks. The Capitals starting lines and defensive pairs:

Scratches: Nicklas Backstrom (upper body injury, day-to-day), Christian Djoos (Recalled by the Capitals on Friday).

Jay Beagle was scratched with an undisclosed injury for the Canucks.

The Capitals opened the scoring with a snipe from Jakub Vrana (11) at 2:22 of the opening frame. Lars Eller (8) had the lone assist.

The Canucks were the benefactors of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period after infractions by Chandler Stephenson and Richard Panik, and the Canucks would capitalize. Elias Pettersson would snipe one home at 14:00 of the opening frame.

The Capitals would squash the remaining 5-on-4 Canucks power play.

The first period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in 5-on-5 shot attempts 15-10 for the first frame. The Capitals led in shots on goal 11-7 for the first 20 minutes.Vancouver was 1 for 2 and the Capitals 0 for 1 on the power play.

The Capitals and Canucks skated to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. The Canucks led in shot attempts 16-15 for the middle period, with the Capitals leading 32-27 after two periods.

The Canucks led in shots on goal 11-7 for the middle frame. Shots on goal were tied 18-18 after two periods.

Vancouver was 1 for 4 and the Capitals 0 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

The third period would also go scoreless. The Capitals led in shots on goal 12-10 for the final frame, and 30-28 in regulation.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was called for hooking 1:25 into the extra frame, giving the Canucks their fifth power play of the day, but the Capitals successfully killed the Canucks man advantage.

The extra frame would go scoreless as well.

1. Capitals: TJ Oshie: No good. Vancouver: Boesser: No good
2. Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov: No good. Vancouver: Pettersson: No good.
3. Capitals: Alex Ovechkin: No good. Vancouver: Josh Leivo: No good.
4. Capitals: Jakub Vrana: No good. Vancouver: JT Miller: No good
5. Capitals: Lars Eller: No good. Vancouver: Adam Gaudette: No good
6. Capitals: John Carlson: No good. Vancouver: Peerson: No good
7. Capitals: Dmitry orlov: No good. Vancouver: Bo Horvat: Good.


  • The NHL box score is here.
  • Jakub Vrana scored his 11th goal of 2019-20. He is one of four Capitals with at least 10 goals this season. No other team has more than three such players.

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 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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6 Responses to Canucks Beat Capitals 2-1 In Shootout

  1. Day One Caps Fans says:

    Well, it DOES tick me off.

    All those fancy forwards on the Caps’ bench and Baldy sends out his tired Defensemen to take penalty shots in the Shootout. STOOPID.

    Leipsic? Panik? Sgarbossa? Stephenson? Boyd? What, are these guys unworthy of a Shootout? What do you think, NovaCapsFans? Even Tom Wilson was picking up splinters instead of scoring of Jakob Markstrom

    Depleted Caps made a valiant effort, got the point, and boneheadedness throws the win away

    Ugggh! Hurry back, injured Caps!

  2. Anonymous says:

    And how many posts do we need to hit before they shrink the goals at MedStar?!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Pens have to be reduced… Jake V is playing well enough to reduce OV time and thus, he prob wont score 50 this year

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