Stars Rally To Down Capitals, 2-1, End Capitals’ Win-Streak At 5 Games

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Dallas Stars, 2-1, Thursday night at Capital One Arena in the District. The Stars scored twice in the first 2:07 of the final frame to rally past the Capitals and end Washington’s win-streak at five games. The loss drops the Capitals record to 15-13-4 (34 points) on the season.

Sonny Milano was scratched late for a non-Covid related illness and replaced by Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Charlie Lindgren got the start in goal for the Capitals. Jake Oettinger started between the pipes for the Stars. The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs:

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

Erik Gustafsson — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Charlie Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Scratches: Lucas Johansen, Joe Snively.


The Capitals and Stars skated to a scoreless draw in the first frame.

The Stars led in even-strength shot attempts, 20-19. The Capitals led in expected goals for (xGF) .97 to .85. The Stars led in faceoffs 61-39%.


The Capitals finally broke the seal on the scoring with a goal from Conor Sheary (10) at 9:23 of the second period. Alex Ovechkin (15) and Dylan Strome (18) had the helpers. Ovechkin stretched his points streak to five-straight games. Sheary has points in three-straight games.

That would be it for the middle frame.

The Capitals took control of possession at the 11 minute mark of the second period, led in 5v5 shot attempts 24-9 in the middle frame and 45-29 after two periods. The Capitals led in xGF .8 to .31 in 2nd, and 1.83 to 1.16 after 2 periods.


The Stars tied it up early in the final frame on a power play marker from Jamie Benn at just 48 seconds in the third stanza. Roope Hintz (22) and Joe Pavelski (20) had the assists.

The Stars would quickly make it 2-1 with an even-strength marker from Collin Miller (2) at  2:07 of the final period. Ryan Suter (6) and Mason Marchment (10) had the helpers.

The Stars would hold on the for 2-1 win.

The Stars flipped the possession script in the first 12 minutes of the final frame, and that would be the difference, They have seven more shot attempts in that first segment of the final frame.

The Capitals are back in action on Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7PM. Ilya Samsonov has already been the confirmed starting netminder for the Maple Leafs.


  • Charlie Lindgren stopped 24 of 26 shots face for a .923 game save percentage.
  • Capitals we’re 0 for 2 on the power play. Dallas was 1 for 2, the difference in the game.
  • Conor Sheary scores his 10th goal of the season to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. With the goal, Sheary extends his point streak to three games (1g, 3a).
  • Sheary has reached the 10-goal mark for a seventh consecutive season. Sheary ranks second on the Capitals in goals and has now scored Washington’s opening goal in four games, which also ranks second on the team (Alex Ovechkin: 6).
  • Alex Ovechkin earned the primary assist on Sheary’s goal, his 15th assist of the season. Ovechkin extends his point streak to five games (7g, 3a).
  • The Capitals W magazine is now available for purchase for $19.99 (plus tax and plus tax and shipping for online orders), at the Team Store at Capital One Arena, at the Team Store at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, and online at

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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10 Responses to Stars Rally To Down Capitals, 2-1, End Capitals’ Win-Streak At 5 Games

  1. novafyre says:

    I’m encouraged by Osh’s beatdown of the reporter saying that the team would try to win games, Ovi could take care of himself. This has not always been the case when Ovi was near a milestone.

    NBCSW all predicting Darcy will be in net Saturday. Do we have a goalie tandem or are we back to Darcy being #1?

    I was actually expecting a 3-1 or 4-1 loss by the Caps because no Sonny, Dallas’ record, and 801 pressure. So I’m not upset with this loss.

    FanNation has an article on how Sammy has changed his game. I found it interesting. Sammy is finally maturing.

  2. novafyre says:

    Some trivia I read in the Chicago Tribune that I haven’t seen anywhere else: Blackhawks Head Coach Luke Richardson was a defenseman with the Columbus Blue Jackets when Ovechkin made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2005.

    “I was in the first game he played and he had two goals. I was only on (the ice) for one, though,” Richardson said with a laugh. “Just that night, I remember him running over a defenseman, he scored two goals, they won 3-2.”

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

  4. hockeydruid says:

    Isnt it time to sit Mantha and let Milano play? Seems that Mantha is just snake bit when it comes to scoring or is he not going to score until Vrana gets back so not to make the trade look bad?

    • Anonymous says:

      Mantha was on a 4 game point streak and Milano has been playing even with Mantha in the lineup.

      • hockeydruid says:

        As a big wing who is suppose to score goals, and that was what he was brought here to do, Im no really impressed that he has a few assists. Assists are important but unless they are primary the secondary ones dont interest me much except on the PP.Then lets play Snively or a player who its seems taht every team in the league hates Aube-Kubel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mantha is 6th on the team in points and tied for 3rd in goals. Sheary and Ovechkin are the only ones that have more goals than Mantha. He’s also only 2 goals behind Sheary for 2nd on the team. He also had the primary assist on Ovi’s 800th goal. He has his moments but you can’t say he hasn’t produced.

    • hockeydruid says:

      My point is more scoring in the goal area is expected of him especially for what we gave up to get him. And for me secondary assists are like kissing your sister, may feel good but its useless. With his speed and shot he should have more than 8 goals at this point of the season. Nine games from the mid point and I would expect him to have at least 15 goals. He has the speed, power and accurate shot just seems that he is lacking something; maybe he will turn it on next season as that is his contract year. He played the same in Detroit hot for a bit then cold even longer. For a guy his size you would think that he would play more in front of the net and use his size for yip ins and redirects. Thought he was more of a Wilson type but guess he is me a Semin type.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A decent game by the Caps. Tv folks gave all the credit to Dallas netminder, but in reality, Stars stepped up offensive pressure to start the third period. That was the difference

  7. dwgie26 says:

    Was at the game so didn’t hear any of the TV stuff. I thought we played well, had a lot o shots but not enough quality chances. Some bad and missed passes. I’ll be there Saturday and Monday to hopefully see 802 between the two games.

    On the lines… Milano was late scratch for illness. They have been pretty consistent with lines until last two games and it has been paying off. No need to bench anyone. But NAK should be out when Milano is healthy. Seems like Wilson and Beck could be close so that will bring more change. Like to see Johanson play on defense though.

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