Washington Falls To New Jersey, 3-2 (SO); Strome Extends Point-Streak To Three Games

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The Washington Capitals lost the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-2 in a shootout at Capital One Arena on Thursday night in their lone home game in a span of seven. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves in the loss.

Washington’s Lines vs. New Jersey

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

Rasmus Sandin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Matt Irwin — Gabriel Carlsson
Alexander Alexeyev — Vinny Iorio

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: C Aliaksei Protas

Injured: D John Carlson (upper-body, missed 30th straight game, out indefinitely); RW Connor Brown (ACL, 62nd, indefinite); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 66th, indefinite); D Martin Fehervary (upper-body, third, day-to-day); D Nick Jensen (upper-body, third, day-to-day)

Smith and Sheary, who moved the left side, flipped lines while Oshie bumped down one spot and Sheary moved up two from Washington’s 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Milano was elevated by one while Wilson moved down by one. Mantha moved to the right side of the top-line. Backstrom moved into the top-10 in NHL games played all-time by a Swede, skating in his 1,080th career contest.

New Jersey’s Lines

Tomas Tatar — Nico Hischier — Dawson Mercer
Timo Meier — Jack Hughes — Jesper Boqvist
Ondrej Palat — Erik Haula — Jesper Bratt
Miles Wood — Michael McLeod — Nathan Bastian

Jonas Siegenthaler — Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves — John Marino
Brenden Smith — Damon Severson

Akira Schmid
Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: C Curtis Lazar, D Kevin Bahl

Injured: G Jonathan Bernier (hip, 64th, indefinite); G MacKenzie Blackwood (lower-body, eighth, indefinite)

First Period


19:50, 1-0 Washington: After Marino blocked Backstrom’s wrister in the slot, Van Riemsdyk got the puck, one-timed a shot, and got a bounce off of Graves’ knee that helped the puck squeak through the five-hole of Schmid. The 31-year-old has now recorded seven points (three goals) in in his last 14 games.

Shots: 9-7 New Jersey

Other Notable Stats: New Jersey failed to score on one power play, led 3-2 in takeaways in addition to 5-2 in blocked shots, and had just one giveaway while Washington tallied four. Each team threw eight hits.

Second Period


6:55, 1-1 (PPG): Haula banked a shot off of Alexeyev’s knee and the mask of Kuemper down low after playing catch with Mercer, who was at the point and extended his scoring streak to 11 games (10 goals, 19 points).


7:, 2-1 New Jersey: Mercer potted a rebound into an open goal in front after Kuemper shut down a point shot by Hischier with the pad.

9:50, 2-2: The puck dribbled to the slot after Oshie threw the puck off of the stick of Bastian from the corner and Strome, who extended his point streak to three games (two goals, five points), swooped into the crease to tip it over Schmid. Oshie has recorded 12 points (six goals) in his last 11 games.

With 4:45 left, Kuemper flashed the glove on Mercer’s wrister from the left dot before falling down and grabbing Hischier’s shot with the glove as Hischier had nothing but net to look at while Kuemper was falling.

Shots: 25-14 New Jersey (including 16-7 in the second)

Other Notable Stats: Washington, who was held off on their lone power play opportunity, led 12-9 in hits. New Jersey, who scored once on three chances with the extra man and won 56% of the faceoffs, led 12-7 in blocked shots and had just three giveaways while Washington tallied seven.

Third Period



Shots: 39-18 New Jersey (including 14-4 in the third)

Other Notable Stats: Washington led 18-12 in hits, 15-14 in blocked shots, and 7-6 in takeaways but New Jersey credited with six giveaways while Washington tallied 12.




Shots: 40-22 New Jersey (4-1 Washington in overtime)


Oshie missed the net on the backhand after deking in.

Hughes raced in and deked before getting Kuemper showed him the leather.

Kuznetsov stickhandled his way to the net but hit the post.

Bratt deked and tried to backhand but fanned on the puck with an open net at the right post.

Backstrom waltzed in, deked, but was shut down when he tried to go five-hole.

Kuemper robbed Hischier with the right pad.

Ovechkin missed the net on the backhand.

Meier ripped one under the blocker of Kuemper with a wrister from the slot.

Current Eastern Conference Wild-Card Standings

Washington got within six points of the Pittsburgh Penguins (who have two games in hand) for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They still trail the Florida Panthers (one game in hand) for the third wild-card spot and by one point but lead the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres (both have two games in hand) by a point in the race. They lead the Detroit Red Wings (two games in hand) by one point.

Next game: Saturday at Long Island (7:30 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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20 Responses to Washington Falls To New Jersey, 3-2 (SO); Strome Extends Point-Streak To Three Games

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    He’ll of an effort from Kuemps.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Playing like that with so many youngsters in the lineup is so frustrating!

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

  5. KimRB says:

    So can we safely say that the Sand Man is our #1 D?

  6. Jon Sorensen says:

  7. Diane Doyle says:

    The team’s offense tonight was … bad. Very few shots. All the so-called first line contributed tonight was penalties.

    • Anonymous says:

      In their defence, Ovi took that penalty because Alexeyev lost his guy, Tom was stopping a breakaway and Kuzy’s was pretty dubious (he was driving to the net as well) considering they didn’t call that blatant elbow to Ovi’s head later on.

      I mean look at the xGF plot, the guys who are legitimate NHL D-men look like legitimate NHL D-men. The kids/depth guys look like they are learning/playing too many minutes because of the awful injury luck the Caps have. It’s difficult to generate when you have to compensate for that. I don’t even mind, it’s good long term, but there’s a reason that NHL coaches of competing teams don’t just play the kids. Unless your name is Crosby or Ovechkin, kids don’t just step into the NHL and look game ready. And hockey is such a team game that it does impact the results. If we want to play our young d-men, it’s going to impact the forwards and that’s okay, especially against one of the best offensive teams in the league : )

      • Mark Eiben says:

        Great take. The Caps are not the only team that tries to bring along their young players slowly. At this point though, I don’t mind if they are in there and messing up because it’s what every young player has to go thru. The reason you see NJ and other good up and coming teams with younger rosters is because they had been picking in the top 5 of the draft for 6 or 7 years now. Some of those high, high picks can play and stay in the NHL rather quickly. I think most fan bases bring their NFL draft mentality along with them to the NHL and think any first rounder should play next year or they are a bust. It is definitely not the same as the kids are 16 and 17 years young, not 23 and almost a grown man.

        • Anonymous says:

          That’s a good comparison to the NFL, it just takes a bit longer in the NHL, especially for d-men.

          Also to get back to the Devils, they definitely have the draft pedigree young guys but even they took a few years before they started winning again. If you look at their blue line, all established NHL veterans over 25 and for the most part, guys they brought in Ready to Play. The Devils d-prospects are all still tucked away in the minors or scratches.

          Losing John Carlson was really eye opening to me how vital the Blue line is to the team. You need those guys to generate goals. I don’t think it’s surprising the Caps’ scoring took a dive after he went out. Bringing in Sandin was a really good move though, I’m looking forward to seeing our new healthy Defense corp next year.

          • KimRB says:

            “Losing John Carlson was really eye opening to me how vital the Blue line is to the team. You need those guys to generate goals.”

            Oh yeah. It’s not the 1990s anymore, you don’t dump the puck in, when you’re just over the red line. Carlson does a lot that’s wrong,….. and much more that’s right. Even if you watch guys like Makar, Fox and Karlsson, guys that are considered among the best, you’ll see them making a lot of mistakes. And they make a lot of mistakes because they play a lot of minutes, they get more opportunities to make mistakes

        • KimRB says:

          I use a different way of judging prospects, depending on positon:

          Forwards can step into the NHL right away, in some instances. Wyatt Johnston is Dallas’third line center, at age 19. But a general rule is if he doesn’t look NHL ready after 5 years, he probably never will be.

          D will very rarely be NHL ready before age 21. Only very rare players like Rasmus Dahlin can step right into the NHL, in his draft year. If he’s not NHL ready by age 25, he likely never will be

          Goalies can take a long time to develop. Such as Jordan Binnington, or our own Charlie Lindgren and Darcy Kuemper. Any of them still under age 30 can be a prospect

    • KimRB says:

      They look like they’re skating through quicksand through the neutral zone. We got a little younger, but for the most part, we’re still old and slow. A coach who can make adjustments would help

  8. dwgie26 says:

    I was at the game last night. Sat in different seats (105 – usually in 110). There were some saves in the second and OT that Keumper made which were unbelievable.

    Biggest issue was the forwards. They had no puck possession which means we were contantly chasing the puck. Our team defense is not great at all. The poor young defensemen just can’t shoulder that load without help.

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