No Pot O’ Gold Here: Capitals Fall to Blues, 5-2; Martin Fehervary & Nicklas Backstrom Score

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The Washington Capitals fell to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2 Friday night at Capital One Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals’ record to 33-30-7 and 73 points on the season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves in the loss.

Lines & Pairs

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

Rasmus Sandin — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Martin Fehervary — Alexander Alexeyev
Matt Irwin — Gabriel Carlsson

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratches: Left-wing Anthony Mantha and defenseman Nick Jensen

Transactions: Forward Joe Snively returned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Thursday.

Injuries: Left-wing Carl Hagelin (hip), right-wing Connor Brown (ACL), and defenseman John Carlson (upper-body)

First Period

Left-wing Sammy Blais got the visiting Blues on the board and took an early 1-0 lead at the 1:54 mark.

Quick Stats

SOG: 11-7 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 57% (Capitals), 43% (Blues)

Hits: 6-6

Second Period

Center Jordan Kyrou extended the Blues’ lead at the 4:52 mark, making it a 2-0 game.

It would be 3-0 in favor of St. Louis with a goal from right-wing Kasperi Kapanen at the 9:25 mark.

With just over five minutes left in the middle frame, Blais would pot his second of the night and give the Blues a healthy 4-0 lead.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 20-18 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 62% (Capitals), 38% (Blues)

Total Hits: 14-11 Capitals

Third Period

Fehervary (6) would finally get the Capitals on the board at the 5:47 mark, making it a 4-1 game. Alexeyev (5) and Milano (20) assisted.

Backstrom (5) would score on a late power-play and make it a 4-2 game still in favor of the Blues. Ovechkin (28) and Sandin (25) had the helpers.

Center Brayden Schenn would add an empty-net goal for St. Louis for a 5-2 final score.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 34-22 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 64% (Capitals), 36% (Blues)

Total Hits: 20-16 Capitals

Notes Through the Game

  • Fehervary scored his second goal in his last five games.
  • Alexeyev recorded his second-straight game with an assist.
  • Milano picked up his 20th assist, which ties a single-season career high (2021-22: 20a).
  • Four of Backstrom’s five goals this season have come on the power play.
  • In just seven games with Washington, Sandin has recorded 10 points (1g, 9a).

The Capitals tangle next with the Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday and wrap up their season series against Minnesota. NBC Sports Washington and NHL Network will have the coverage beginning at 2 PM ET.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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13 Responses to No Pot O’ Gold Here: Capitals Fall to Blues, 5-2; Martin Fehervary & Nicklas Backstrom Score

  1. novafyre says:

    Caps lose 5-2
    Canes lose 5-2
    Sabres lose 5-2

    all 3 games so far tonight end 5-2

  2. Brant says:

    Boy.. Sandin with another poor +/-

    Next season can’t come soon enough.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Crazy how he started +5 in first 2 games and last three, -7?

      • Anonymous says:

        Watching the game, I think he’s trying to do too much which is understandable for a young player on a new team. A bunch of St Louis’ goals came in transition off of the Caps not converting on extended zone time or offensive chances. I’m pretty sure overall scoring chances were pretty even, but sometimes if you don’t convert it’s almost a guarantee high danger chance the other way. I know it’s frustrating now but give him a few more games and a proper training camp to get fully used to his new team.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That was a very uninspired effort by the boys.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Talking About possitives Alexyev played very well and with such standard, he will be great for us. See Lavi? It only took to let him play!
    He was great in D and moved the puck very well yesterday. That’s what I wanted to see from him. Hats off for his play in this game = for guy of his experience he was flawless.

    Another player who is amazing last few games is Marty. No words for what he is doing recently. I hope GM does everything he can do give him a deal worth of that, which will motivate him to stay long term. He should do it well and fast that deal !

    Sadly that’s all for possitives. If this game was a movie its name would be Marty’s party with Alex. And if this was FRIENDS the subtitle would be: The one where 25 other skaters also joined to fill the space.
    Very little possitives except of them. That 3-rd Line is all right. Rest ….

    Sandin sadly is back to typical Sandin. Inconsistent and lot of work to do in his own end. TVR is Great (gosh I love him) but not 1.pair D.
    Carlson is young and Irwin is Irwin. Forwards are unable to score. We play o lot in front of our net…and as it goes.

    They have great games where I am very happy, what I see. And than they have games like this….

    • KimRB says:

      Carlsson isn’t that young. He’s 26, a bit old for a prospect. I’m still not sure why everyone has such a crush on him. He’s a very limited player, he’s just not suited for today’s NHL

  6. Anonymous says:

    ::waving white flag::

  7. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how confident AA is looking after a few games and realizing there is no old guy around to take his spot. Hate this management group.

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