Capitals Sink Kraken, 4-1; Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal #796, Alex Alexeyev Scores First NHL Point

Photo by Harrison Brown/NoVa Caps

The Washington Capitals downed the Seattle Kraken, 3-1, Friday night at Capital One Arena in Washington. The victory improves the Capitals record to 13-12-4 (30 points) on the season. It is the the Capitals third-consecutive win, their longest winning streak of the season. It is the first time the Capitals are above .500.

Charlie Lindgren (4-3-2, 3.07 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer (2-2-1, 3.40 GAA, .868 sv%) got the nod for the Kraken. The 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
Trevor Van Riemsdyk — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Matt Irwin

Charlie Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Injured: RW Connor Brown (ACL, missed 25th straight game, out indefinitely); D Dmitry Orlov (lower-body, 16th, day-to-day); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 29th, indefinite); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 29th, indefinite); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 29th, indefinite); LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 18th, week-to-week); G Darcy Kuemper (lower-body, third, day-to-day); D Martin Fehervary (lower-body, third, day-to-day)


The Kraken struck first late in the first frame. Adam Larsson (3) fired a shot from the point at 17:51. Morgan Geekie (6) and Karson Kuhlman (2) had the helpers.

The period concluded with the Kraken leading 1-0. The Kraken led in shot even-strength attempts 18-17, with the Capitals leading in shots on goal 12-6.


The Capitals tied the game early in the second period on a gritty goal from Anthony Mantha (7). Matt Irwin (1) and Alex Alexeyev (1) had the helpers. It was Alexeyev’s first NHL point,

The Capitals were awarded a five-minute major power play after Kraken defender Jamie Oleksiak elbowed Alex Alexeyev in the head. Alexeyev would leave the game and not return.

The Capitals would cash-in on the Oleksiak infraction with a goal from Marcus Johansson at 13:15 of the second period. Sonny Milano (7) and Alex Ovechkin (13) had the helpers.

The second period concluded with the Capitals leading 2-1. They led in shots on goal 15-6 in the second period and 27-12 after two periods.


The Capitals added a late empty net goal from Lars Eller to make it 3-1. Alex Ovechkin also added an empty net goal for the 4-1 final. It was Ovechkin 500th even-strength goal and career goal #796.

The Capitals are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Jets in Winnipeg. Puck drop is set for 7PM ET.


  • Capitals improve to 8-4-1 on home ice.
  • Alex Alexeyev recorded the secondary assist on Mantha’s goal, marking his first career NHL point.
  • Marcus Johansson scores his sixth goal of the season on the power play to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. Johansson’s eight power play points (3g, 5a) rank tied for third on the team.
  • Ovechkin has been on the ice for 21 of Washington’s 22 power play goals this season.
  • John Carlson has recorded 11 (6g, 5a) of his 17 points (8g, 9a) this season in the third period.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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11 Responses to Capitals Sink Kraken, 4-1; Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal #796, Alex Alexeyev Scores First NHL Point

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

  2. Anonymous says:

    Keep it going!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The team is starting to pick up steam.

  4. novafyre says:

    Who were three stars? I would give Gruby one. He really kept the Kraken in the game.

  5. Jon Sorensen says:

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  7. Lance says:

    The Caps played hard the whole game. Lindgren has been excellent. We are really struggling to score goals. I’m not sure how we’ve been winning scoring so few goals. Our D has been bending but no breaking. I thought Alexeev looked good tonight. Hope he’s ok. I don’t think Oleksiak meant to do that but you just can’t make that kind of contact in the game anymore. He might deserve 10 games. Wilson would get 30+.

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