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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
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)
Left-wing Sammy Blais got the visiting Blues on the board and took an early 1-0 lead at the 1:54 mark.
BOOM SAMMY BLAIS! #stlblues pic.twitter.com/5lrD9VBIzX
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 17, 2023
SOG: 11-7 Capitals
Face-Off Win %: 57% (Capitals), 43% (Blues)
Center Jordan Kyrou extended the Blues’ lead at the 4:52 mark, making it a 2-0 game.
They keep trying, but nobody is stopping Jordan Kyrou. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/n4TGYUCAbi
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 18, 2023
It would be 3-0 in favor of St. Louis with a goal from right-wing Kasperi Kapanen at the 9:25 mark.
Let ‘er rip, Kappy! #stlblues pic.twitter.com/Pt9fq4Ex2d
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 18, 2023
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.
Where did it go?!? No one knew for a moment, but it’s in for a Blues goal! Sammy Blais with his second tonight! #stlblues
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Stream: https://t.co/00WT27hyNq pic.twitter.com/lSsSTmdysI
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) March 18, 2023
Total SOG: 20-18 Capitals
Face-Off Win %: 62% (Capitals), 38% (Blues)
Total Hits: 14-11 Capitals
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.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 18, 2023
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.
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
Caps lose 5-2
Canes lose 5-2
Sabres lose 5-2
all 3 games so far tonight end 5-2
Boy.. Sandin with another poor +/-
Next season can’t come soon enough.
Crazy how he started +5 in first 2 games and last three, -7?
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.
That was a very uninspired effort by the boys.
Been a conversation here about playoffs vs higher draft picks. This to me was a tank.
Bold. But would explain a few things. Bedard has another hat trick tonight, in the 2nd period.
Exactly what I’ve been saying
How about #GetSillyForFantilli?
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….
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
::waving white flag::
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.