Game Recap – 10/19/2018 – Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals

 

 

Florida Panthers (0-2-2 2pts) v. Washington Capitals (3-2-1 7pts)

 

Lineups:

Florida Panthers:

Evgenii Dadonov — Aleksander Barkov — Nick Bjugstad

Vincent Trocheck — Colton Sceviour — Jonathan Huberdeau

Frank Vatrano — Jared McCann — Denis Malgin

Mike Hoffman — Juho Lammikko — Troy Brouwer

Keith Yandle — Aaron Ekblad

Mark Pysyk — Alexander Petrovic

Bogdan Kiselevich — MacKenzie Weegar

James Reimer

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Maxim Mamin

Injured: Roberto Luongo (knee), Derek MacKenzie (upper body), Jamie McGinn (back)

Suspended: Mike Matheson

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Chandler Stephenson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

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 – 6:10 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Slashing

Panthers Goal – 10:49 – Vincent Trocheck (2) from Jonathan Huberdeau (2) and Alexander Petrovic (1)

Capitals Goal – 15:26 – John Carlson (4) from Lars Eller (1) and Michal Kempny (1)

Capitals Penalty – 15:41 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Hooking

Panthers PPG – 15:58 – Evgenii Dadonov (3) from Aleksander Barkov (2) and Vincent Trocheck (4)

Panthers Goal – 16:36 – Colton Sceviour (1) from Jonathan Huberdeau (3) and Vincent Trocheck (5)

Panthers Goal – 18:52 – Jared McCann (1) from Denis Malgin (3) and Keith Yandle (5)

 

End of 1st – FLA – 4       WAS – 1

Shots              11                 5

Faceoffs         10                 9

Hits                 7                   10

PP                 1/2                 0/0

 

Analysis:

This game was putrid for the Capitals. They played little to no urgency and they let Florida control the tempo in this game. Also doesn’t help that Jakub Vrana takes another offensive zone penalty to start the game. The Capitals got a great drive from Lars Eller that resulted in John Carlson’s goal, but after that Florida dominated once again.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to get their game back on track, and they should pull Braden Holtby and put in Pheonix Copley to help with that. This isn’t on Holtby, but it sends a loud message to the team. Also the Capitals need to play with urgency. Like our good freind Ted Starkey has been saying for a while now:

 

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Second Period:

Capitals Note – – Pheonix Copley Starts in Goal

Capitals Goal – 1:48 – Brett Connolly (1) from Jakub Vrana (1)

Panthers Penalty – 3:50 – Keith Yandle 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals Goal – 8:38 – Jakub Vrana (2) from Lars Eller (2) and Brett Connolly (5)

Capitals Penalty – 9:51 – Christian Djoos 2 minutes for Interference

Panthers Penalty – 9:51 – Frank Vatrano 2 minutes for Embellishment

Capitals Goal – 13:15 – Devante Smith-Pelly (1) from  Matt Niskanen (3) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (7)

Panthers Note – – James Reimer pulled for Michael Hutchinson

Capitals Penalty – 17:18 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals Penalty – 18:03 – Bench (Brett Connolly) 2 minutes for Too Many Men

Panthers PPG – 19:09 – Jonathan Huberdeau (2) from Evgenii Dadonov (3) and Mike Hoffman (2)

Capitals Penalty – 19:52 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

 

End of 2nd – FLA – 5        WAS – 4

Shots               17                  21

Faceoffs          24                  21

Hits                 14                  17

PP                   2/4                  0/1

 

Analysis:

This was a much better period for the Capitals. They out shot the Panthers 16-6, and dominated throughout the period. The only problem with this period was the trail of penalties to end the period. Also good line shuffling by head coach Todd Reirdon, and pulling Holtby sent the message that was needed.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to keep up the pressure in the Panthers zone and they need to kill off this 5 on 3 that they’ve put themselves into for the second time in a very short period of time.

 

Third Period:

Panthers Note

Panthers Penalty – 7:38 – Vincent Trocheck 2 minutes for Roughing

Capitals Penalty – 8:29 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for High Sticking

Panthers Penalty – 16:52 – MacKenzie Weegar 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 18:35 – Nicklas Backstrom (2) from Lars Eller (3) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (8)

Capitals Penalty – 19:37 – Matt Niskanen 2 minutes for Tripping

 

End of 3rd – FLA – 5         WAS – 5

Shots              27                   29

Faceoffs         33                   31

Hits                 20                   27

PP                   2/6                  1/3

 

Overtime:

N/A

 

End of OT – FLA – 5         WAS – 5

Shots              30                   31

Faceoffs         33                   32

Hits                 20                   28

PP                   2/7                  1/3

 

Shootout:

Capitals – – TJ Oshie – – Goal

Panthers – – Aleksander Barkov – – Goal

Capitals – – Evgeny Kuznetsov – – Goal

Panthers – – Nick Bjugstad – – Save

Capitals – – Alex Ovechkin – – Save

Panthers – – Vincent Trocheck – – Goal

Capitals – – Nicklas Backstrom – – Miss

Panthers – – Jonathan Huberdeau – – Goal

 

End of SO – FLA – 6         WAS – 5

 

Analysis:

This was a wild one at home before going on their Western Canada trip, which saw the Capitals pick up a point in a game that one could say they didn’t deserve to even make it to overtime with the way the first period went. However, Todd Reirdon did a good job of sparking his team and rally back against the Panthers.

 

Next Up:

Washington (3-2-2 8pts) @ Vancouver (4-1-0 8pts)

Florida (1-2-2 4pts) v. Detroit (0-5-2 2pts)

 

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