The Washington Capitals fell to the San Jose Sharks, 4-1 on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 23-12-9 (55 points) on the season.
The Sharks opened the scoring early in the first frame and held on for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. They would add another tally in the middle frame for a 2-0 lead at the second break.
The Capitals finally dented the twine just 14 seconds into the final frame with a goal from Daniel Sprong, but the Sharks would answer late in the third period for the 3-1 lead. They would add an empty net goal for the 4-1 win.
Ilya Samsonov (13-4-0-3, 2.77 GAA, .903 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. James Reimer (12-8-0-1, 2.83 GAA, .914 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Sharks. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
The Sharks opened the scoring with a tally from Noah Gregor (2) at 7:41 of the first. Brent Burns (24) and Alexander Barabanov (16) had the helpers. With the goal the Capitals have allowed the first goal in four straight home games.
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After being dominated in the first 10 minutes, the Capitals began to tilt the ice in their favor in the second half of the period, but were unable to finish a score.
The period would end with the Sharks leading 1-0. Sharks led in shots 26-22 in the first 20 minutes. They led in scoring Chances, 17-14, high-danger chances 9-3 and expected goals 1.7 to .87. There were no penalties called in the first frame.
The Sharks extended their lead to 2-0 with a tally from Nicolas Meloche (1) at 3:58 of the middle frame. Matt Nieto had the lone assist.
Nicolas Meloche’s first NHL goal was a SNIPE 😮 pic.twitter.com/rrwFZ3G55c
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The period would end with the Sharks leading 2-0. The Capitals led in shot attempts 14-13 in the middle frame. The Sharks led in high-danger Chances 5-3 in the second period and led in expected goals 2.92 to 1.63.
The Sharks were 0 for 1 on the power play. The Capitals were 0 for 2 on the man advantage extending their streaks to 0 for the last 15 and 5 for the last 60.
The Capitals finally got on the scoreboard with a goal from Daniel Sprong (7) just 14 seconds into the final frame. Nicklas Backstrom (7) had the lone assist.
Sprong cuts the Sharks’ lead in half 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SmpSSGjTUX
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The Sharks reinstated their two goal lead with a tally from Jonathan Dahlen (9) at 16:51 of the third period. Matt Nieto had the lone assist.
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That would be the final.
Garnet Hathaway would drop the gloves for an extended brawl after regulation time expired.
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- Nicklas Backstrom picked up the primary assist on Sprong’s goal, his seventh assist of the season. Backstrom is now four assists shy of passing Rod Brind’Amour (732) for the 48th most assists in NHL history and 11 points shy of 1,000 career points.