Washington Axes Anaheim, 3-2 (OT); Wilson Scores Twice; Jensen, Fehervary Both Leave With Injuries

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The Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 3-2 in overtime at Honda Center on Wednesday night. The game was both teams’ last before the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, which is at 3 PM ET on Friday. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves in the win.

Washington’s Lines at Anaheim

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha  — Nicklas Backstrom — Craig Smith
Sonny Milano — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Alexander Alexeyev — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Matt Irwin – Dylan McIlrath

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: D Rasmus Sandin, C Aliaksei Protas

Injured: D John Carlson (upper-body, missed 27th straight game, out indefinitely); RW Connor Brown (ACL, 59th, indefinite); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 63rd, indefinite)

After trading left-wing Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Erik Gustafsson as part of a deal to acquire Sandin from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and center Lars Eller to the Colorado Avalanche over the past two days, Sheary bumped down to the fourth-line and Alexeyev drew into the lineup. Sandin was scratched due to immigration issues. Mantha returned after missing three straight games with an upper-body injury.

Anaheim’s Lines

Ryan Strome — Trevor Zegras — Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones — Mason McTavish — Troy Terry
Frank Vatrano — Isac Lundestrom — Brett Leason
Max Comtois — Derek Grant — Sam Carrick

Cam Fowler — Nathan Beaulieu
Simon Benoit — Kevin Shattenkirk
Scott Harrington – Colton White

John Gibson
Lukas Dostal

Scratched: G Anthony Stolarz (lower-body, 10th, day-to-day); D Urho Vaakanainen (lower-body, 12th, indefinite); C Adam Henrique (lower-body, fourth, week-to-week)

Scratched: C Jayson Megna, D John Klingberg, D Dmitry Kulikov

Klingberg and Kulikov, who can both become unrestricted free agents on July 1, sat out for “trade-related reasons.”

First Period


8:58, 1-0 Washington: Fehervary beat Gibson with a wrist shot to the blocker side from down below the left dot after getting a feed by Backstrom from the high right half-wall to finish off a three-way passing play. With the secondary assist, McIlrath earned first NHL point since December 13, 2016 as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Jensen sustained an upper-body injury and did not return after taking an elbow to the head from Comtois and playing just 2:29 on Wednesday.

13:01, 1-1: Terry got a pass by Zegras in the neutral zone, turned on the jets, deked through two Washington defenders, and ripped a wrister to the top corner from the right dot.

Shots: 13-9 Washington

Other Notable Stats: Washington led 4-2 in takeaways and had just two takeaways while Anaheim earned three. Anaheim, who did not score on one power play, led 7-4 in hits.

Second Period



Shots: 31-13 Washington (including 18-4 in the second)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who was held off of the board on two power plays, led 8-2 in takeaways and had three giveaways while Anaheim tallied five. Anaheim led 12-7 in hits.

Third Period


0:08, 2-1 Washington: After stripping the puck off of the boards in the offensive zone and skating down to the goal-line, Van Riemsdyk set up Wilson for a one-timer in the slot. Wilson has scored four goals in six games since returning to Washington’s lineup on February 18. Van Riemsdyk recorded his 18th point (six goals in 63 games) of the season and has set a new single-season career high in points, surpassing his point total from last season (1-16-17 in 72 games).

Mantha shanked a wrister wide down low on a penalty shot 58 seconds later.

4:17, 2-2: Following a turnover right in front of the net by Alexeyev, Zegras buried a loose puck from the blue paint to finish off a tic-tac-toe between McTavish and Shattenkirk close to the net.

5:57 into the period, Wilson exchanged multiple punches with Beaulieu before the officials broke the fight up.

Fehervary left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return after playing 19:13 in Anaheim.

Shots: 38-23 Washington (10-8 Anaheim in the third)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who did not score on three power plays, led 9-4 in takeaways. Anaheim led 16-14 in hits. Each team blocked nine shots and gave the puck away nine times.



1:09, 3-2 Washington: Wilson chipped in Oshie’s feed from the boards in the crease on the backhand of his stick. It marks Wilson’s third career overtime goal.

Shots: 39-23 Washington (including 1-0 in overtime)

Next game: Saturday at San Jose Sharks (6 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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12 Responses to Washington Axes Anaheim, 3-2 (OT); Wilson Scores Twice; Jensen, Fehervary Both Leave With Injuries

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, it wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

  3. Anonymous says:

    That’s 2! I feel a streak coming on!

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

    1) Tommy’s fist, 2) Marty looks to be hooked up to a wire for treatment. Muscle hopefully.

  5. Jon Sorensen says:

  6. Mark Eiben says:

    Expecting Sandin hopefully for Saturday. Maybe they fly Johanssen out to Cali to play or is he hurt?

  7. DC Scappeli says:

    I fell asleep with the radio on, woke up to hear that Willy scored the game winner and turned the radio off. Jeez, now I read more injuries to the team? It’s like this entire season has been cursed with the man hours/games lost to injuries… 😥

    • KimRB says:

      The hockey gods are against us this year. But they owe us. Maybe we get some favorable ping pong ball bounces in April……

  8. hockeydruid says:

    AA played very well again and with 2 more on the D end injured hopefully that means more playing time for him. As no one wants Mantha this year scratch him and play Protas for the rest of the season. When Sandin finally gets his immigration problems solved maybe pair him with AA and then if both Jensen and Fehervary are out play the callup with TVR. Wonder if there will be any calls for Smith?

    • novafyre says:

      GMBM is shedding UFAs who don’t sign extensions. TVR hasn’t yet signed so I still consider him (and Sheary, Smith, NAK, McIlrath and Irwin on the bubble until signed.

  9. dwgie26 says:

    Really need to resign TVR. At a minimum they need him for rest of reason as we don’t have any other RHD. We can retain on one more players so maybe that is Smith. Sheary is cheap and we should definitely move him if we can. McIlrath and Irwin have no trade value. Don’t think we move NAK either. I think he ultimately resigns.

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