Cheers For Charlie: Charlie Lindgren Shines in First Win As A Washington Capital

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After playing just 29 games in his NHL career, Charlie Lindgren was a virtual unknown to the Capitals when they signed him to a three-year contract in free agency this past summer. While the sample size was small, the team believed there was potential for the St. Cloud State product, who picked up his first win as a member of the Washington Capitals in a 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The Lakeville, Minnesota native shined in his second start in a Caps sweater, following a string of games played by number one Darcy Kuemper. Lindgren stopped 26 of 27 shots through two periods of play, and finished the contest with a .927 Save Percentage.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, one of the goal-scorers on the night, had high praise for his netminder following the victory.

The Caps’ backup netminder stopped 37 of 40 shots faced, and 30-33 at even-strength. Lindgren came up big at several junctures of the game, keeping the Capitals’ lead just out of reach of New Jersey.

Lindgren made his first start of the season in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, and although he allowed three goals on 39 shots faced, he finished that night with a .923 Save Percentage and a better performance than indicated on paper. Tonight pushed his season Save Percentage to .924, and a 1-1-0 record.

After the victory, “Chuckie” was awarded the post-game fire rope for his efforts on the night.

Through his first two starts, Lindgren is proving to be a solid addition to the crease and a reliable backup to Kuemper, who understandably drew more attention as the team’s marquee offseason addition. However the number two in Washington has given the Capitals’ coaching staff a reliable fallback option, something the Caps lacked the past two seasons.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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5 Responses to Cheers For Charlie: Charlie Lindgren Shines in First Win As A Washington Capital

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dude played his heart out in both games. A lot of people were scratching their heads at this signing, but so far, it’s paying off. No disrespect to Sammy and Vicky for what they did for us, but we got ourselves a heck of a goalie tandem this year.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He should be our new starter. He’s got right now, ride him!

  3. toemac says:

    Are we the only team with three people from SCSU on a team? That has to be a record.

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