Capitals Down Predators In Music City, 4-1; Virginia’s Joe Snively Scores Again

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The Washington Capitals downed the Nashville Predators, 4-1 Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The victory improves the Capitals record to 27-15-9 (63 points) on the season.


The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Joe Snively, his third of the season, for a 1-o lead at the first intermission. After a scoreless but action-filled middle frame, the Predators tied the game early in the final period. However, the Capitals would immediately retaliate. Nick Jensen would score less than a minute later and Alex Ovechkin would add a power play marker for a 3-1 lead. Ovechkin added an empty net goal for the 4-1 win.



Ilya Samsonov (15-7-0-3, 2.91 GAA, .903 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the  visiting Capitals. Juuse Saros (23-13-0-3, 2.43 GAA, .925 sv%) got the start in goal for the Predators. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:


The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Joe Snively (3) at 4:17 of the first frame. Conor Sheary (11) and Dmitry Orlov (16) had the helpers.

The first period ended with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Predators led in shot attempts 32-17 in the first period. They led in scoring Chances, 10-7, and expected goals 1.05 to .98.


The Capitals and Predators skated to  a scoreless draw in the middle frame, although the Predators struck iron on several shots.

The Capitals led in shot attempts 18-15. The Predators led in scoring chances, 10-7 and expected goals .74 to .73.

The Predators led in shot attempts 47-35 after two periods. High-danger chances were tied 6-6.


The Predators finally pushed one across the goal line to tie the game at 2:43 of the final period. Michael McCarron notched the tying tally.

But the Capitals quickly answered with a goal from Nick Jensen (4) at 3:27 of the third period. Garnet Hathaway (8) and Carl Hagelin (9) had the helpers.

The Capitals would extend their lead to 3-1 with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin (30).  John Carlson (29) had the lone assist.

Alex Ovechkin added an empty net goal for the 4-1 final.

The Capitals are back in action on Thursday when they visit the Flyers in Philadelphia.


  • Joe Snively gave the Caps a 1-0 lead with his third goal of the season. He now has six points (3g, 3a) in eight career games.
  • That marks the 34th time this season the Capitals have scored the game’s first goal, which leads the NHL. The Caps are 20-9-4 this season when they score the game’s first goal.
  • Alex Ovechkin extends the Capitals’ lead to 3-1 with his 30th goal of the season. It marks Ovechkin’s 16th 30-goal season, which is the second-most in NHL history.
  • The Capitals have won four straight games on the road dating back to Jan. 28 and have outscored opponents 18-6 in that span.
  • Nic Dowd hasn’t recorded a face-off win percentage lower than 50% in 10 straight games. Over that span, which began on Jan. 22, Dowd has won 120 of his 174 face-offs (69.0%), which ranks first among players with at least 100 face-offs taken.
  • The Capitals improve to 15-5-4 on the road this season. Washington’s .708 points percentage on the road ranks second in the NHL.
  • Alex Ovechkin scores his second goal of the game to give the Caps a 4-1 lead. That marks his seventh multi-goal game of the season.
  • That additionally marks Ovechkin’s 156th career multi-goal game, two shy of tying Brett Hull for the second most in NHL history.
  • With his 479th career even strength goal, Alex Ovechkin has passed Marcel Dionne (478) for the fourth-most even strength goals in NHL history.
  • Among the head coaches in the top-10 in wins, Laviolette’s .593 points percentage ranks fifth. And since he made his NHL coaching debut on Oct. 5, 2001, Laviolette ranks fourth in the NHL in games coached (Trotz: 1,526; Joel Quenneville: 1,399; John Tortorella: 1,336).
  • With tonight’s win, Peter Laviolette has become the 10th head coach in NHL history to reach the 700 win milestone.
  • Laviolette currently ranks third among active head coaches in wins (700), only trailing Barry Trotz (894) and Lindy Ruff (772).


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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4 Responses to Capitals Down Predators In Music City, 4-1; Virginia’s Joe Snively Scores Again

  1. DC Scappeli says:

    Crossbar was the 1st star of the night! 😁 Glad the bad luck happened to the other team for a change…..Sammy was good tonight when they needed him to be.

    It’s really funny how the collective effort and mental focus was much higher tonight after getting embarrassed by a bottom dwelling team. Not a lot of mental mistakes to derail the team. Fans complaining about the 4th line getting too much ice time, but they produced tonight. Power play is still mehhh, but hell, take the win. Get some confidence back and stop with the brain farts.

  2. Marky says:

    That pass by Hathaway though on the Jensen goal…filth

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