Vegas Vanquishes Capitals, 3-2 (OT); Strome Tallies Two Helpers

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 3-2 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. The loss dropped Washington’s record to 5-4-2. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 27 saves in the loss.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Vegas

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary
Joe Snively — Lars Eller — Aliaksei Protas
Beck Malenstyn — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Matt Irwin

Darcy Kuemper

The Capitals shook up their top-six forward group after their 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday while Snively drew in on the third-line with Mantha moving up.

Injured: LW Carl Hagelin (hip, missed 11th straight game, out indefinitely); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 11th, indefinite); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 11th, indefinite); RW Connor Brown (ACL, seventh, indefinite); RW T.J. Oshie (lower-body, second, indefinite); D John Carlson (lower-body, second, day-to-day)

Scratched: C Connor McMichael

Vegas’ Lines

Chandler Stephenson — Jack Eichel — Mark Stone
Reilly Smith — William Karlsson — Jonathan Marchessault
Michael Amadio — Brett Howden — Phil Kessel
William Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore
Nic Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Logan Thompson
Adin Hill

Injured: G Robin Lehner (hip, 11th, indefinitely), G Laurent Brossoit (hip, 11th, indefinitely), C Nolan Patrick (upper-body, indefinitely, 11th)

Scratched: C Jake Leschyshyn, D Ben Hutton, C Paul Cotter

First Period


3:39, 1-0 Washington (PPG): Johansson one-timed a shot that ramped up off of Martinez’s stick over the the blocker of Thompson in front from the slot after Strome fed him from down low. Four (three assists) of Johansson’s six points this season have come on the man advantage. Strome earned his team-leading fifth power-play point (fourth assist) of the season. With the secondary assist, Ovechkin extended his point streak to three games (two goals, three points).

18:55, 1-1 (Vegas PPG): With Orlov in front of the shot lane in the right dot, Eichel hesitated and ripped one past the blocker of Lindgren after getting a feed from up top by Stephenson.

Malenstyn suffered an upper-body injury after blocking a shot from Hague and would not return.

Shots: 12-6 Vegas

Other notable stats: Washington led 17-10 in hits while both teams posted two takeaways and eight blocked shots. Each team also scored on their lone power play.

Second Period


2-1 Washington, 1:01: Off of a faceoff win from Strome, Van Riemsdyk stepped in and wristed one off of the left post and past the blocker of Thompson. It marked Strome’s second multi-assist game in 11 games this season and the 20th of his career.

Shots: 19-17 Vegas (11-8 Washington in the second)

Other notable stats: Vegas led 23-20 in hits and 18-17 in blocked shots. Each team was credited with six takeaways.

Third Period


2-2, 14:04: After Karlsson fed him from the half-wall, Carrier got the puck in the left dot, stepped in, and ripped a wrist shot off of the right post and in.

Shots: 29-21 Vegas (including 10-4 in the third)

Other notable stats: Washington led 26-23 in blocked shots, 9-8 in takeaways, and won 57% of the faceoffs. Each team scored once on two power-play opportunities and earned 27 hits.



3-2 Vegas, 1:35: Theodore snuck behind the Capitals defense, got a feed from Eichel, deked, and squeezed a wrister under the blocker of Lindgren to win it.

Shots: 30-21 Vegas (including 1-0 in overtime)

Next game: Thursday at Detroit Red Wings (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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8 Responses to Vegas Vanquishes Capitals, 3-2 (OT); Strome Tallies Two Helpers

  1. Anonymous says:

    I assume the Caps lead the league in man games lost….

    • Anonymous says:

      If not it’s gotta be close.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Good question. I’ll try to look that up. We gotta be near the tops.

      • Anonymous says:

        Tarik El Bashir tweeted we’re third after Montreal and Philadelphia if I remember correctly. The injuries in Philly left their key lines mostly intact though while we don’t have a functioning top line. I thought Stromer/Sheary/Ovi was starting to get looks but they broke that up again. Not sure what’s going on with Kuzy, hope he’s okay.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t we lose Eller for a few

  3. Anonymous says:

    These points are gonna cost us in April, aren’t they?

  4. Lance says:

    I thought the Caps played a sound game tonight. Good team effort. Cohesive for 60 minutes.

    Strome, Eller and Dowd all played well. Even Mojo, who I cannot stand, came to play tonight. Kuzy isn’t getting much accomplished. Ovie could’ve scored a couple of goals but just missed.

    Tough to play that well and lose. We just don’t have a lot of offense. Mantha is good but he’s leveled out at a 20 goal guy. Good but nothing to write home about.

    I’m thinking this team will miss the playoffs. 🙁 It’s always a close shave and we are trending down.

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