Capitals Blank Canes 2-0, Ilya Samsonov Records First Career NHL Shutout, Alex Ovechkin Scores Two Goals

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The Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 Monday night at Capital One Arena. Alex Ovechkin potted two first period tallies and Ilya Samsonov and the Capitals defense clamped down in the remaining two periods for the 2-0 win. The win improves the Capitals record to 31-11-5 (67 points) on the season.


Ilya Samsonov (12-2-0-1, 2.24 GAA, .921 sv%) started between the pipes for Washington. Petr Mrazek (17-10-0-2, 2.64 GAA, .905 sv%) got the start in goal for visiting Carolina. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Travis Boyd. (Christian Djoos was re-assigned to Hershey on Saturday)

The Capitals would open the scoring with a goal from Alex Ovechkin (27) at 11:58 of the first frame. The goal was Ovechkin’s 685th career NHL goal, which passes Teemu Selanne for 11th on the all time goals list. Tom Wilson (18) had the lone assist.

The Capitals would make it 2-0 with Ovechkin’s second goal of the period, a power play tally at 17:18 of the first frame. Jakub Vrana (18) and John Carlson (43) had the helpers.

The period would expire with the Capitals leading 2-0. Washington led in shots on goal 14-6 and led in shot attempts 22-11. Washington was 1 for 4 and Carolina 0 for 0 on the power play.

The Capitals and ‘Canes battled to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. Carolina led in shots on goal 10-5. Carolina was 0 for 3 and the Capitals 1 for 4 on the power play after two periods.

The Capitals were the benefactors of a 5-0n-3 power play midway through the final frame, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The Capitals would hold on for a 2-0 win.

The Capitals are back in action on Thursday when they host the New Jersey Devils at Capital One arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 pm.


  • The game was Tom Wilson’s 500th career NHL game.
  • Capitals led in shot attempts 44-29.
  • Alex Ovechkin is now just 14 goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s elite 700-goal club. Only three Hall of Famers stand in his way: Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier.
  • Ovechkin’s 139 career multi-goal games are tied with Marcel Dionne for the fifth-most in NHL history.
  • Ilya Samsonov recorded his first career NHL shutout.
  • John Carlson was credited with an assist on the Capitals’ second goal, his 43rd assist of the season, which leads all defensemen.


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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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7 Responses to Capitals Blank Canes 2-0, Ilya Samsonov Records First Career NHL Shutout, Alex Ovechkin Scores Two Goals

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great game and solid two-way play. Eller was a fiend and Sammy was on fire.

    My only standout criticism is for the bench boss heading the power play – re-watch just the Canes PP entries to see the weakness of our current PP approach.

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  3. Day One Caps Fan says:

    A good rebound game vs. CAR

    But still the Caps overall product is extremely suspect. They gave up boatloads of Grade-A chances to CAR (and NJD and PHI and BOS and SJS and …). But Sammy is up to the task, stopping many. Holeby is porous as a limestone sinkhole.

    NJD mercilessly whomped the hapless Caps last meeting. Thursday is a rematch. It’s spotlight time for $500/hour Future Hall of Famer Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden. As before, I have little confidence

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