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
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 washcaps.com/WMagazine.