Game Recap – 11/16/2018 – Washington Capitals v. Colorado Avalanche



Washington Capitals (8-7-3 19pts) v. Colorado Avalanche (9-6-3 21pts)



Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Lars Eller — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — Andre Burakovsky

Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd — Brett Connolly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny — Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Pheonix Copley

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Braden Holtby (upper body), Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body), Brooks Orpik (lower body), T.J. Oshie (upper body)


Colorado Avalanche:

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost — Alexander Kerfoot — Colin Wilson

Sheldon Dries — Carl Soderberg — Matt Calvert

Sven Andrighetto — Vladislav Kamenev — Gabriel Bourque

Samuel Girard — Erik Johnson

Ian Cole — Tyson Barrie

Mark Barberio — Patrik Nemeth

Philipp Grubauer

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Marko Dano, Nikita Zadorov

Injured: J.T. Compher (head), Matt Nieto (lower body)



First Period:

Avalanche Goal – 1:08 – Carl Soderberg (7) from Tyson Jost (2) and Tyson Barrie (15)

Avalanche Penalty – 14:07 – Sheldon Dries 2 minutes for Slashing


End of 1st – WAS – 0       COL – 1

Shots              13                09

Faceoffs         05                15

Hits               06                  07

PP                 0/1                 0/0



After a very rocky start to the game, the Capitals were able to settle in… kind of. The Avalanche did a very good job of playing between the blue lines and if the Capitals did get into the zone, forced the Capitals shots to the outside and allowed Philipp Grubauer to see everything.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to use their speed to force the Avalanche to make some mistakes. The Avalanche are playing with a swarm mentality and are utilizing picks to create issues for the Capitals. Also the Capitals need to do a much better job in the faceoff circle as the Avalanche are killing them in that department. And lastly, The Capitals need to generate some more scoring opportunities in the danger zones. They only had 2 in the first period.


Second Period:

Capitals Penalty – :31 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Hooking

Avalanche Penalty – 6:20 – Gabriel Bourque 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 8:55 – Devante Smith-Pelly (3) from Chandler Stephenson (3) and Travis Boyd (3)

Capitals Goal – 18:29 – Alex Ovechkin (13) from Nicklas Backstrom (17) and Tom Wilson (1)


End of 2nd – WAS – 2        COL – 1

Shots               25                 18

Faceoffs          22                 23

Hits                 12                  9

PP                   0/2                  0/1



This was a much better period for the Capitals. They outshot the Avalanche, and they also dominated in the faceoff circle. Capitals also generated better scoring chances, and were able to score the only 2 goals of the period as a result.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to continue playing a solid defensive game and continue to contain the Avalanche’s speed. The Capitals also need to play the majority of the game in Colorado’s zone and not turtle into their own zone like we’ve seen quite a bit this season.


Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 6:16 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Interference

Avalanche Goal -17:16 – Colin Wilson (5) from Matt Calvert (4) and Ian Cole (6)

Avalanche Penalty – 18:51 – Ian Cole 2 minutes for Interference



Capitals PPG – :22 – Nicklas Backstrom (5) from John Carlson (15) and Tom Wilson (2)


End of OT – WAS – 3         COL – 2

Shots              29                   26

Faceoffs        31                    34

Hits               17                     11

PP                 1/3                    0/2



This was a huge win for the Capitals. Despite being out shot in the 3rd period, the Capitals defense only gave up one goal and needed only one shot to win it in overtime. The Capitals get two needed days of rest before they take on the Montreal Canadiens and with that rest we will see if they get back TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Braden Holtby from injuries.


Next Up:

Washington (9-7-3 21pts) @ Montreal (10-6-3 23pts)

Colorado (9-6-4 22pts) v. Anaheim (8-9-4 20pts)


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