The Washington Capitals doused the Calgary Flames, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena. T.J. Oshie scored his third of the season, Evgeny Kuznetsov added a highlight reel goal and Alex Ovechkin added a power play tally from the office in the win. The victory improves the Capitals record to 9-10-3 on the season.
LINES AND PAIRS
Darcy Kuemper got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Jakob Markstrom got the nod for the Flames. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary
Sonny Milano – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson – Lars Eller – Anthony Mantha
Aliaksei Protas — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Erik Gustafsson— John Carlson
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Scratches: Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Joe Snively, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Alexeyev
Injuries: Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Carl Hagelin, Connor Brown, Beck Malenstyn.
Re-assigned: Connor McMichael was re-assigned to Hershey on November 20.
The Flames were the beneficiaries of the game’s first power play when Alex Ovechkin was called for high-sticking at 5:31 of the first frame, but the Capitals penalty kill was up to the task.
The Capitals dented the twine moments after the expiration of the Ovechkin penalty. T.J. Oshie would take a beautiful centering feed from Erik Gustafsson (9) for the 1-0 lead at 7:56 of the first. Alex Ovechkin (10) had the secondary assist.
That would be it for the first frame. The Capitals led 1-0, but it was the Flames that dominated the shots on goal, 15-6, and shot attempts, 24-14. Flames also led in scoring chances, 9-7 and led in xGF% 1.1 to .47. Capitals led the battle at the dot 68-32%.
The Capitals were awarded their first power play of the game at 7:03 of the middle frame, but we’re unable to generate much of an attack, with just one shot attempt.
Both teams had one-on-none breakaways in the middle of the second period but Anthony Mantha’s shot hit the post and Andre Mangiapane was denied by Darcy Kuemper.
The Capitals stretched their lead to 2-0 on a highlight reel goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov at 16:37 of the second period. T.J. Oshie (6) and Sonny Milano (3) had the helpers. It was Kuznetsov’s first even-strength goal of the season.
The second frame ended with the Capitals leading, 2-0. The Capitals in led shots on goal, 13-6, shot attempts 21-10 and xGF .8 to .48. They also led in faceoffs, 61-39% after two periods.
Martin Fehervary was called for hooking at 7:52 of the final frame, giving the Flames their second power play of the game, but the Capitals were once again up to the task.
The Capitals were awarded their second power play opportunity when Milan Lucic was called for interference at 10:44 of the the third period. It would cost them, as Alex Ovechkin (11) made it 3-0 with a shot from the office at 12:24 of the frame. Conor Sheary (4) and Sonny Milano (4) had the assists.
The Capitals would shut the door and hold on for the 3-0 final
The Capitals now embark on a six-game, 12-day road trip beginning tomorrow in New Jersey. Puck drop with the Devils is set for 7PM.
- Per Mike Vogel, Today’s game against Calgary marks first time in 13 games that the Capitals took to the ice without any lineup changes from the prior game.
- Darcy Kuemper stopped all 32 shots faced this afternoon, marking his 27th career shutout and his second as a member of the Capitals. Kuemper’s 16 shutouts since 2018-19 are tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy for the third-most shutouts in the NHL during that span.
- T.J. Oshie scores his third goal of the season to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Oshie has now recorded eight points (3g, 5a) in 11 games this season.
- Erik Gustafsson was credited with the primary assist on the Capitals’ first goal. Gustafsson is now tied with Nick Jensen (9) for the most assists among Capitals’ defensemen.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his third goal of the season to extend the Capitals’ lead to 2-0. Kuznetsov’s 16 points (3g, 13a) in 21 games this season rank tied for second on the Capitals (Alex Ovechkin: 20; Dylan Strome: 16).
- Alex Ovechkin scores his 11th goal of the season to extend the Capitals’ lead to 3-0. Ovechkin has now scored five goals in ten career games against goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
- Conor Sheary recorded the primary assist on the Capitals’ third goal. Sheary now has 11 points (7g, 4a) in 22 games this season, which ranks tied for fourth on Washington.
- Sonny Milano was credited with the secondary assist on the Capitals’ third goal. With two assists today, Milano has recorded his 12th career multi-point game.
- Since the start of the 2020-21 season, the Capitals are 67-29-12 (.676 point percentage) with T.J. Oshie in the lineup and 36-12-6 (.722 point percentage) when he records a point.
- In 11 career games against Calgary including today, Darcy Kuemper has posted a 7-2-1 record with a 1.61 GAA and a .953 SV%. With a shut out this afternoon, Kuemper now has four career shutouts against Calgary, the most against a single opponent in his career.