Ducks Top Capitals, 3-2 (OT); Garrett Pilon Becomes Fifth Washington Rookie To Score First Career NHL Goal

Photo: @AnaheimDucks

The Washington Capitals’ four-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks, who extended their NHL-high winning streak to eight games, at Honda Center on Tuesday night. The overtime loss put the Capitals one point behind behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who have two games in hand on them, for first place in the Metropolitan Division and tied with the New York Rangers for second with a game in hand. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 28 saves in the overtime loss.

Capitals’ Lines at Ducks

Graphic: @Capitals

Center Garret Pilon replaced Lars Eller, who was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, on the third-line and made his 2021-22 season debut.

Injured: C Nicklas Backstrom (hip – 16th straight game out of lineup), C Nic Dowd (lower-body – fourth), RW T.J. Oshie (lower-body – ninth), LW Anthony Mantha (lower-body – sixth)

First Period

Defenseman Cam Fowler blasted one after entering the blueline after center Troy Terry chipped an indirect pass from the defensive zone and the puck squeaked past the right pad of Vanecek 3:32 in to make it 1-0 Ducks. Terry extended his league-high point-streak to 15 and captain Ryan Getzlaf earned the 1,000th point of his NHL career with a secondary assist.

Defenseman Nick Jensen wristed one from the point after getting the puck off of the half-wall and beat Ducks goaltender John Gibson through a screen 1:16 later. However, the Ducks challenged for offside and the tying goal was overturned. Left-wing Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would have gotten credited with the first NHL goal of his career with a tip on the shot had it counted.

The Capitals led 9-8 in hits, 6-4 in blocked shots, and were credited with five giveaways while the Ducks had eight through one period of play.

The Ducks led 11-8 in shots, 3-1 in takeaways, and won 77% of the draws in the first.

Neither team had a power play in the period.

Second Period

The Capitals led 17-15 in hits, 11-5 in blocked shots, and had nine giveaways while the Ducks had 10 through 40 minutes.

The Ducks led 22-14 in shots, including 11-6 in the second, 5-2 in takeaways, won 75% of the draws, and did not score on their lone power play in the first two periods.

Third Period

Defenseman Martin Fehervary threw the puck toward the net from the point and Pilon got a touch on it in the low slot. The shot beat Gibson blocker-side and Pilon earned his first career NHL goal in his second game to tie it at 5:36, becoming the fifth Capitals rookie to do so this season.

Center Trevor Zegras slipped a shot through the five-hole of Vanecek on a semi-breakaway after left-wing Sonny Milano chipped the puck to him at the blueline behind two Capitals defensemen to give the Ducks the lead back with 10 minutes left.

Right-wing Tom Wilson deflected defenseman John Carlson’s point shot through the five-hole of Gibson in front of the net with traffic at the cage with 2:32 left. The goal extended Wilson’s point streak to three (two goals, four points).

The Capitals led 14-7 in third-period shots and had 11 giveaways while the Ducks had 14.

The Ducks led 31-30 in shots, 15-14 in blocked shots, 10-6 in takeaways, 23-22 in hits, won 67% of the draws, and did not score on their lone power play.


Zegras ripped a shot to the top corner over the glove of Vanecek from the left dot after shifting wide on Kuznetsov to win it for the Ducks with 46 seconds left in overtime. It was the Ducks 1,000th win in franchise history.

Shots were even at two in the extra session.

Next game: at Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington)

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Ducks Top Capitals, 3-2 (OT); Garrett Pilon Becomes Fifth Washington Rookie To Score First Career NHL Goal

  1. steven says:

    I do like seeing the young fuys score. But the lack of faceoff wins in this game was terrible and once again we lose in OT. IN OT like all game long there were bad passes and that makes onw wonder what is up with this group; are they just to tired after 60 minutes to play hard and good D in the OT? But 1 point is better tha 0.

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