Capitals Blank Nashville, 3-0; Carlson, Oshie Both Leave With Lower-Body Injuries

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The Washington Capitals shut out the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-0 at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The win vaulted the Capitals’ record to 5-4-0 this season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves in his first shutout with Washington.

Capitals’ Lines at Nashville

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

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

Charlie Lindgren

The Capitals made no lineup changes from their 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

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

Injured: LW Carl Hagelin (hip, missed ninth straight game, out indefinitely); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, ninth, indefinite); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, ninth, indefinite); RW Connor Brown (lower-body, fifth, indefinite)

First Period



Oshie and Carlson both left the game with lower-body injuries and were labeled as doubtful to return.

Shots: 15-11 Washington

Other notable stats: Washington led 5-1 in takeaways but Nashville won 62% of the draws. Each team threw nine hits and did not score on one power play.

Second Period


12:49, 1-0 Washington: Malenstyn quickly released one to the top left corner from the slot after Dowd picked the puck off of two Nashville defenders, skated in, and threw it to Malenstyn.

Shots: 26-21 Washington (10-10 in the second)

Other notable stats: Each team did not score on three power plays. Nashville led 27-16 in hits and won 61% of the faceoffs.

Third Period


6:24, 2-0: Protas buried one through the five-hole of goaltender Juuse Saros while being surrounded by two Nashville defenders after a rebound off of Jensen’s shot from the right point pin balled around down low. The 21-year-old has two goals and three points over his past three outings.

17:15, 3-0 (empty-net goal): Ovechkin chased down a loose puck and ripped it from the left dot after Orlov lobbed it down the ice from the defensive zone.

Shots: 35-34 Washington (13-9 Nashville in the third)

Other notable stats: Nashville led 36-28 in hits and won 61% of the faceoffs. They were held off the scoresheet on five power plays while Washington failed to convert on three.

Next game: Monday at Carolina Hurricanes (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington+ locally, NHL Network nationally)

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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5 Responses to Capitals Blank Nashville, 3-0; Carlson, Oshie Both Leave With Lower-Body Injuries

  1. Anonymous says:

    Two older players leave the game, two kids step up. Hmmmm. 🤔

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. steven says:

    IF both Oshie andCarlson are out for some time will be real interesting to see who the Caps callup…AA early, Carlsson, Lapierre or do the pick a dark horse like Gersich or Riley?

  5. Anonymous says:

    any updates on 77 and 74?

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