Capitals Overcome Vancouver, 6-4; Ovechkin Scores Twice, Tallies Four Points

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The Washington Capitals came back from a 4-2 third-period deficit to can the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 6-4 on Monday night and improve their record to .500 (2-2-0) this season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves in the victory.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Vancouver

Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Connor Brown
Anthony Mantha — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — Aliaksei Protas
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, D Matt Irwin, C Connor McMichael

Injured: LW Carl Hagelin (hip, missed fourth straight game, out indefinitely); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, fourth, out indefinitely); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, fourth, out indefinitely)

The Capitals did not make any line changes from their 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

First Period

Scoring

56 seconds, 1-0 WSH (PPG): Ovechkin’s wrister from the dot squeaked to the lower right pad of goaltender Thatcher Demko and his skate backed the puck into the net after Johansson fed him from the right side of the goal-line. Strome has an assist on both of the team’s power-play goals this season.

19:53, 1-1: After defenseman Quinn Hughes dumped the puck in, Kuemper went out to play it but it bounced over his stick and right to center Elias Pettersson, who potted a slam dunk into an open net, in front.

Shots: 7-7

Other notable stats: Each team tallied four takeaways and 11 hits. Washington scored on their lone power-play of the first.

Second Period

Scoring

0:08, 2-1 WSH: After Fehervary blasted the puck off of the opening faceoff, it bounced off the side of the net and right to Eller in the slot and the 33-year-old wristed one blocker-side on Demko.

8:03, 2-2: Center Bo Horvat followed up a rebound into a wide open net down the left-wing after Kuemper denied left-wing Tanner Pearson’s wrister from the right dot.

8:14, 3-2 VAN: Left-wing Andrei Kuzmenko got a feed from the blueline and zipped to the slot, left Van Riemsdyk in the dust, and wristed one under the blocker of Kuemper which center Curtis Lazar got a stick on.

17:34, 4-2 VAN (PPG): Center J.T. Miller turned and whistled one high-glove on Kuemper from just above the left dot after Hughes fed him from the top.

Shots: 26-20 VAN (including 19-13 in the second)

Other notable stats: The Capitals led 25-23 in hits and 8-5 in takeaways while each team scored on their lone power play through 40 minutes.

Third Period

Scoring

1:16, 4-3 VAN (PPG): Strome tapped home a rebound off of the post with Demko swimming in the crease after Demko denied Carlson’s wrister from the point. The goal marked Strome’s third power-play point in four games this season. Johansson earned his second helper of the night.

8:43, 4-4: Carlson wristed one from the low right dot off of the post and in after getting a feed from Ovechkin, who was at the top. With a goal and an assist on Monday, the 32-year-old tallied his 135th career multi-point game (fifth-most among active NHL blueliners).

12:44, 5-4 WSH: Sheary finished Ovechkin’s wrist pass from the left dot on the backhand in front of Demko after Kuznetsov fed Ovechkin from the blueline. It marked Sheary’s third goal this season.

17:02, 6-4 WSH: Ovechkin finished Kuznetsov’s slap pass from up top at the goal mouth after feeding him down low for his fourth point of the night. With the goal, Ovechkin passed Doug Gilmour (1,414) for the 20th-most points in NHL history. Kuznetsov earned his third helper of the game and recorded his 500th career point, becoming the tenth player in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Shots: 30-30 (10-4 WSH in the third)

Brown left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Other notable stats: Each team blocked 14 shots and scored on power play goals (Vancouver – one for one, Washington – two for three). Washington also led 37-34 in hits and 11-7 in takeaways.

Next game: Thursday at Ottawa Senators (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington in-market, ESPN+ out-of-market)

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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7 Responses to Capitals Overcome Vancouver, 6-4; Ovechkin Scores Twice, Tallies Four Points

  1. Anonymous says:

    A comeback victory!

  2. Anonamouse says:

    According to my math(questionable, I know), OV will set another NHL record with 5 more goals. He needs 787 goals to pass Gordies record for most goals with one team.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That was two periods of fun, and one….eh…not so much.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ok great… next game CMM and JS in and Connor B out and let Protas sit…

  5. Anonymous says:

    It wasn’t pretty, but there are no style points…thank god.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think we calculated that October and November were the toughest months in the Capitals entire 2022-23 schedule. They just need to keep it together until December, Willy comes back, we might not be too far off.

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