Capitals Drop Jets 4-3 in the Shootout, Alex Ovechkin Scores Shootout Winner

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday night in a shootout at Capital One Arena, a night on which the team celebrated Alex Ovechkin’s 700th career goal. Ovechkin would score the first goal of the game and record the shootout-winning tally.

GAME STATS

STARTERS
Braden Holtby (22-13-0-5, 3.13 GAA, .897 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Laurent Brossoit (6-7-0-, 3.32 GAA, .893 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Jets. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Travis Boyd, Brendan Leipsic.

FIRST PERIOD
The Capitals got on the board early, thanks to none other than Ovechkin himself, who put home a rebound past Brossoit at the 1:55 mark to put the home team ahead by one. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov were credited with assists on the play.

Jakub Vrana would put the Caps ahead by two with an amazing turn of speed at the 10:07 mark, on assists from T.J. Oshie and Orlov, who picked up his second assist of the night. The goal marked a new career-high of 25 for the former first-round pick.

The two teams would into the first intermission with the Capitals leading 2-0, and up in shots, 10-6.

SECOND PERIOD
The Jets would receive the game’s first power play of the hockey game with 11:57 left in the period, after Capitals defenseman Radko Gudas was called for high-sticking. The Caps would manage to kill the subsequent man-advantage off, before Garnet Hathaway struck at the 13:25 mark of the second frame, on assists from Nic Dowd and Richard Panik.

Shortly after his goal, Hathaway dropped the gloves with Winnipeg’s Anthony Bitetto. The Jets would get their first goal of the night with less than two minutes left in the middle frame, as Nikolaj Ehlers notched his 23rd of the season on an assist from former Capital Cody Eakin at the 18:33 mark of the second. The two teams headed to the second intermission with the Capitals again leading by two and down by one shot, 23-22.

THIRD PERIOD The Capitals would find themselves down a man early in the final frame, as Dmitry Orlov was called for interference just over two minutes into the period. Once again, the Caps would manage to thwart the Jets’ man-advantage. The home team would see their first power play just a few minutes later as Winnipeg defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was called for hooking. Despite some looks, the Capitals would be stopped in turn by Winnipeg. Seconds after the man-advantage expired, a misplayed pass by Kovalchuk to John Carlson resulted in a breakaway goal for Kyle Connor, who put his 31st of the season past Braden Holtby.

The Jets would continue to put pressure on the Capitals, and Mark Scheifele was ultimately rewarded with a game-tying goal with 3:14 left in the final frame. The Capitals’ Lars Eller would put the puck out of play for a Delay of Game penalty just moments later, though the Capitals would manage to kill off the subsequent power play. The two teams would be unable to dent the other’s twine in the rest of regulation, sending the game to overtime

OVERTIME

Despite some solid looks for both teams, neither was able to end the game in sudden death, requiring a shootout to solve the outcome of the game.

SHOOTOUT

The Capitals elected to shoot first in the skills competition, with right wing T.J. Oshie taking the first go for the Caps. Oshie put the puck past Brossoit to give the Caps the lead in the shootout. Connor would be stopped point-blank by Holtby. Kovalchuk was given the chance to give the Capitals the 2-0 lead in the shootout, but was stopped by the glove of Brossoit. Young superstar Patrik Laine shot next for the Jets, but Holtby countered with a glove of his own. Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the post on his chance to end the game in the next round, giving the Jets one more chance to extend the skills competition. Mark Scheifele would put the puck five-hole on Holtby, sending Nicklas Backstrom out for Head Coach Todd Reirden. Backstrom then put the puck past Brossoit, followed by Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler, sending the shootout to a fifth round. Alex Ovechkin snaked his way towards the net and backhanded the puck past Brossoit. Nikolaj Ehlers would fail to convert for Winnipeg, sealing the victory for Washington.

SHAVINGS

    • Recently-acquired Ilya Kovalchuk became the 556th player to suit up in a game for the Capitals, making his team debut against the Jets.
    • Jakub Vrana’s first period goal gives him a career-high 25 goals, besting his previous total of 24
    • T.J. Oshie’s shootout conversion was his 45th, giving him a 52.3% conversion percentage in his career, the 12th-highest in league history, and the fourth-most goals in the skills competition in NHL history.

 

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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 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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1 Response to Capitals Drop Jets 4-3 in the Shootout, Alex Ovechkin Scores Shootout Winner

  1. Anonymous says:

    1st period: wow, hope
    2nd period: uh-oh
    3rd period: sigh

    At least they got the ugly SO win….

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