10/10/2018 – Vegas Golden Knights v. Washington Capitals

 

Vegas Golden Knights (1-2-0 2pts) v, Washington Capitals (1-0-1 3pts)

 

Lineups:

Vegas Golden Knights:

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty — Erik Haula — Tomas Nosek

Ryan Carpenter — Cody Eakin — Oscar Lindberg

William Carrier — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Shea Theodore — Deryk Engelland

Brayden McNabb — Colin Miller

Jon Merrill — Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Jake Bischoff, Brad Hunt

Injured: Paul Stastny (lower body), Alex Tuch (lower body)

Suspended: Nate Schmidt

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Chandler Stephenson

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Nathan Walker

Injured: Travis Boyd (lower body)

Suspended: Tom Wilson

 

First Period:

Capitals Penalty – 8:40 – Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Tripping

Golden Knights Penalty – 11:13 – Ryan Carpenter 2 minutes for Hooking

Golden Knights Penalty – 18:04 – Tomas Nosek 2 minutes for Holding

Capitals PPG – 19:25 – Evegny Kuznetsov (3) from Nicklas Backstrom (5) and John Carlson (3)

 

End of 1st – VGK – 0          WAS – 1

Shots              4                     9

Faceoffs        7                     11

Hits               11                     4

PP                 0/1                    1/2

 

Analysis:

This was a good fast paced first period for the Capitals. They were making slick passes and made great breakouts out of their zone. They played with great hustle and they drew two penalties late in the period, which the second one resulted in a power play goal. Jakub Vrana definitely had a great first period, but I’d like to see him keep that consistent throughout the night.

 

Need to Do:

The Caps need to keep pressing on the Golden Knights and make them uncomfortable in their own zone. Also despite scoring on their second power play opportunity, the Caps need to be better with their possession on the powerplay.

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 10:18 – Alex Ovechkin (3) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) and Brett Connolly (2)

Golden Knights Goal – 10:49 – Cody Eakin (1) from unassisted

Capitals Penalty – 11:20 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Interference

 

End of 2nd – VGK – 1          WAS – 2

Shots              20                    17

Faceoffs        24                    21

Hits               16                     22

PP                 0/2                    1/2

 

Analysis:

This was a better period for the Golden Knights than it was for the Capitals. Vegas doubled up the Capitals on shots 16-8 in the 2nd period and won 17 faceoffs to the Capitals 10 in the period too.Penalty Kill has been a highlight for the Capitals in this game when they have been needed.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to get back to playing the way they were in the first period. Vegas out shot the Capitals, and were better in the faceoff circle. The Capitals need to get back that hustle and continue to outwork the Golden Knights.

 

Third Period:

Golden Knights Penalty – :20 – Colin Miller 2 minutes for Slashing

Golden Knights Penalty – 4:07 – Erik Haula 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 5:08 – Nicklas Backstrom (1) from Evegny Kuznetsov (3) and John Carlson (4)

Golden Knights Goal – 7:08 – Reilly Smith (1) from Nick Holden (1) and William Karlsson (3)

Capitals Penalty – 8:11 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 10:33 – Alex Ovechkin (4) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (4) and Brett Connolly (3)

Golden Knights Goal – 13:49 – waived after Coach’s Challenge for Offside

Capitals ENG – 18:05 – TJ Oshie (4) from Matt Niskanen (2) and Dmitry Orlov (1)

 

End of 3rd – VGK – 2          WAS – 5

Shots              31                   29

Faceoffs        38                   36

Hits               19                    31

PP                 0/3                    2/4

 

Analysis:

This was a good solid game for the Capitals. Not the best second period, but the Capitals overcame and out played the Golden Knights in the third period to solidify the victory. Also great game by Brooks Orpik who left late in the first period and returned early in the second period. He played with a lot of snarl when he returned to the game. Jakub Vrana showed some very good hustle, and generated some good scoring chances, and Dmitrij Jaskin in his Capitals debut was not that bad. You can tell Jaskin was getting his legs under him in this game, but as the game progressed, Jaskin got better.

 

Next Up:

Washington (2-0-1 5pts) at New Jersey (1-0-0 2pts)

Vegas (1-3-0 2pts) at Pittsburgh (1-1-0 2pts)

 

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