Capitals Ride Scouting Report To Victory Over Penguins

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Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over rival Pittsburgh can be credited to any number of Capitals players. Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal and Marcus Johansson’s late tally propelled the Capitals to eventually sending the game into overtime and ultimately to a decisive shootout.

In the shootout, it would be Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom that would convert on their attempts, in combination with strong goaltender play by Darcy Kuemper, that eventually awarded the Capitals the extra point.

Kuznetsov would be the first to convert, utilizing his unique (for now) slow-rolling approach, ultimately going low blocker side on Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith.

Nicklas Backstrom would follow Kuznetsov and also convert, also in the same location as Kuznetsov.

Backstrom and Kuznetsov exchanged a few seemingly guarded words following Backstrom’s successful shootout attempt. It appeared as if they were exchanging notes, and agreeing on the successful recipe for beating DeSmith. [at the end of the following video].

“I had seen Kuznetsov put one just before and tried to do like him,” Backstrom told Swedish media outlet Sportbladet after the game. [Translated by Google Translate]  “The scouts had informed us where there are sometimes gaps in the target ice, so I looked there and found one.”

Scouts rarely receive much in the way of public kudos of any kind, but are such an important part of a team’s success (or lack there of). Stick taps to the Capitals scouting folks for their work in preparation for the Penguins. A job well done.

By Jon Sorensen

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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13 Responses to Capitals Ride Scouting Report To Victory Over Penguins

  1. Anonymous says:

    From my perspective both went under arm blocker side. Well done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Scouts getting it done.

  3. novafyre says:

    Stingrays lost 4-3. No Clay and, for some reason, no Has either. Bear has been quiet since the All Star break – 0 goals, 0 assists, both SOGs third period. Maass did score in third but it wasn’t enough.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Clay was officially re-assigned from Hershey to SC this a.m.

      Also, I noticed Martin Has was not in the lineup. Any intro?

      • novafyre says:

        Will have to see if he goes to North Charleston or Ft Myers. Tyler Wall lost last two games against the Everblades (still my favorite hockey name ever) but still no explanation for Clay’s sudden departure from the first game against them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Props to the scouts AND the video review crew (Emily and Stretch)

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