Trip On The Strip: Capitals Fold In 6-2 Defeat To Vegas At The Fortress

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The Washington Capitals got blown out by the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 6-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. Washington has never won a regular-season game in Las Vegas (0-4-1).

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper got pulled at 12:05 of the second after allowing four goals on 18 shots (.778 save percentage) before Charlie Lindgren made seven saves on nine (.778) shots in relief.

Washington remains three points up over the Pittsburgh Penguins (who have four games in hand) for the first wild-card in the Eastern Conference and a point behind the New York Rangers (three) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Capitals’ Lines at Vegas

Anthony Mantha — Dylan Strome — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Sonny Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Conor Sheary — Eller — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Martin Fehervary

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Matt Irwin, C Aliaksei Protas

Injured: LW Alex Ovechkin (lower-body, missed first game, out day-to-day); D John Carlson (upper-body, 13th, indefinite); RW Connor Brown (ACL, 45th, indefinite); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 49th, indefinite); C Nic Dowd (lower-body, third, indefinite)

The only lineup change from Washington’s 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday was Mantha, who was a healthy scratch for the last two games, coming in for Ovechkin.

Vegas’ Lines

Chandler Stephenson — Jack Eichel — Phil Kessel
Reilly Smith — William Karlsson — Jonathan Marchessault
Paul Cotter — Nic Roy — Keegan Kolesar
Michael Amadio — Byron Froese — Jonas Rondbjerg

Nic Hague — Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb — Kaedan Korczak
Alec Martinez — Ben Hutton

Logan Thompson
Adin Hill

Scratched: D Daniil Miromanov

Injured: G Robin Lehner (hip, 47th, entire season); C Brett Howden (lower-body, 26th, indefinite); C Nolan Patrick (upper-body, 47th, entire season); D Zach Whitecloud (lower-body, 17th, month-to-month); D Shea Theodore (leg, 18th, week-to-week); RW Mark Stone (upper-body, fourth, week-to-week); LW William Carrier (upper-body, third, day-to-day)

First Period


2:18, 1-0 Vegas: Martinez buried a wrister from a sharp angle into a wide open net after Stephenson’s shot from down low rang the left post.

7:36, 2-0: Roy tipped Marchessault’s cross-ice feed that went over Jensen by the right pad of Kuemper on a two-on-one after getting the puck in the defensive zone.

Shots: 10-6 Vegas

Other Notable Stats: Vegas, who had no giveaways while Washington tallied three, won 57% of the draws and led 5-2 in takeaways. Washington led 19-9 in hits but both teams failed to score on one full power-play opportunity each way.

Second Period


2:15, 3-0: Amadio wristed one past the glove of Kuemper after Stephenson picked up a turnover by Jensen at the left half-wall and fed Amadio all alone in the slot.

12:05, 4-0: Froese’s wrister from the left dot off the rush squeaked past the blocker of Kuemper. Lindgren replaced Kuemper after the goal, Froese’s first in the NHL since February 9, 2021.

13:39, 5-0: Cotter snuck behind the defense, picked the puck up, deked, and put one under the pad of Lindgren on the backhand after Roy poked it away from Mantha at the blueline and it went to Cotter down low.

18:21, 5-1: Oshie tipped a wrist shot by Gustafsson, who reached the 20-assist mark for the third time in his NHL career (2018-19: 43, 2019-20: 20) on the play, from the top of the dot over the blocker of Thompson in the slot. Oshie became the sixth Capital to reach the 10-goal mark this season (Ovechkin: 30; Strome: 11; Sheary: 11; Johansson: 11; Dowd: 10).

Shots: 21-14 Vegas (including 11-8 in the second)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who was held off on two power play opportunities, led 33-20 in hits. Vegas led 10-7 in blocked shots and had only one giveaway while Washington tallied seven.

Third Period


4:00, 6-1: Cotter once again scooped a loose puck, deked, and backhanded a shot through the legs of Lindgren for his second of the game after a board battle behind the net.

10:42: 6-2: Johansson tipped Van Riemsdyk’s point shot past Thompson’s blocker from the slot. The 32-year-old’s 12 goals rank second on Washington this season, two of which have come against Vegas.

Shots: 27-22 Vegas (8-6 Washington in the third)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who went scoreless on three power plays, led 40-28 in hits. Vegas, who gave the puck away just thrice compared to eight times for Washington and won 57% of the faceoffs, led 17-9 in blocked shots and 15-7 in takeaways.

Next game: Tuesday at Colorado Avalanche (9 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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14 Responses to Trip On The Strip: Capitals Fold In 6-2 Defeat To Vegas At The Fortress

  1. Lance says:

    The Caps laid an egg tonight. Whatever they were trying to do…none of it worked.

    • hockeydruid says:

      I think they spent to much time on the strip! Please no more Mantha on the top line! He just isnt that type of player no matter what the HC thinks at best he is a 3rd line wing. A least the Caps have 2 days off before playing Colorado and if Ovie cant play maybe they can put Protas in for Mantha and move Wilson up to the 1st line.

      • Lance says:

        The Caps are struggling to put the puck in the net. Oshie had a nice goal but the game was over at that point.

        • novafyre says:

          You know it’s bad when Alan says at second intermission that the game is over.

        • hockeydruid says:

          So true and they struggle with or without Ovie and that is why they should be sellers at the trade deadline NOT buyers! get something for the 13 UFA?RFA on the roster and improve their draft pick and assets in the minors.

      • Diane Doyle says:

        They put Mantha on the top line since they didn’t want to disrupt any of the other lines.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully pictures of the Caps partying on the strip the night before begin to surface.

  3. Marky says:

    Well that sucked🤓

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