Game Recap – 11/21/2018 – Chicago Blackhawks v. Washington Capitals


Chicago Blackhawks (8-8-5 21pts) v. Washington Capitals (10-7-3 23pts)



The Washington Capitals return home from a four game road trip that saw them go 3-1-0, and are undefeated in their past two games looking to extend that to three games. Meanwhile the Chicago Blackhawks are fresh off of a shocking coaching change and are beginning a three game road trip while being 2-01 in their past three games after going through an eight game losing streak. Both teams will be looking to continue their winning ways.


For the Capitals, Braden Holtby will be making his first start in goal since going down with an upper body injury before the 4 game road trip. Also the Capitals will still be without TJ Oshie (Concussion) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (Upper Body) for the third straight game.


For the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford will be starting in goal, and veterans Chris Kunitz and Brandon Manning are both healthy scratches tonight.



Chicago Blackhawks:

Brandon Saad — Jonathan Toews — Patrick Kane

Nick Schmaltz — Artem Anisimov — Alex DeBrincat

Alexandre Fortin – David Kampf — Dominik Kahun

John Hayden — Marcus Kruger – Andreas Martinsen

Duncan Keith — Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson — Henri Jokiharju

Gustav Forsling — Jan Rutta

Corey Crawford

Cam Ward

Scratched: Chris Kunitz, Luke Johnson, Brandon Manning

Injured: None


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body), T.J. Oshie (Concussion), Brooks Orpik (Knee Surgery)


First Period:

Capitals Goal – :54 – Tom Wilson (2) from Alex Ovechkin (9) and Nicklas Backstrom (18)

Capitals Penalty – 2:10 – Travis Boyd 2 minutes for Tripping

Blackhawks Penalty – 4:37 – Gustav Forsling 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 6:36 – Andre Burakovsky (3) from Jakub Vrana (6) and Matt Niskanen (7)

Capitals Penalty – 7:10 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Hooking

Blackhawks Penalty – 19:14 – Brandon Saad 2 minutes for Elbowing


End of 1st – CHI – 0       WAS – 2

Shots              14                12

Faceoffs         09                07

Hits               02                  04

PP                 0/2                 1/1   *2nd in progress



The Capitals had a great start to the game but they cooled off a little bit after their second goal. The Capitals are doing a good job with zone possession, but took a couple of bad penalties that have let the Blackhawks get a groove into this game. The Capitals are creating some really good chances, and need to keep plugging away.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to play more disciplined, and stay out of the penalty box. Also the Capitals need to play with a bit more structure in their own zone and limit the Blackhawks scoring chances.


Second Period:

Blackhawks Penalty – 3:02 – Martinsen 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals Penalty – 3:14 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Goal – 9:28 – Michal Kempny (1) from Jakub Vrana (7) and Lars Eller (8)

Blackhawks Goal – 11:37 – Brandon Saad (7) from Jonathan Toews (9) and Patrick Kane (8)


End of 2nd – CHI – 1        WAS – 3

Shots               24                 21

Faceoffs          17                 18

Hits                 04                  06

PP                   0/3                  1/3



This was a solid period for the Capitals, as they were able to play an overall good period and they limited the scoring chances by the Blackhawks. The Capitals also utilized the powerplay very well and having Tom Wilson and Lars Eller on that first unit really has changed the dynamic and feels more opened up.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to go for the jugular and choke out the Blackhawks in the third period. This also needs to be the best period for the Capitals too as we know how the Capitals have been with their turtling play to “not lose” and they can’t do that against a hungry Blackhawks team.


Third Period:

Blackhawks Goal – 5:23 – Erik Gustafsson (2) from Artem Anisimov (8) and Nick Schmaltz (7)

Capitals Goal – 7:12 – Devante Smith-Pelly (4) from Travis Boyd (4) and John Carlson (17)


End of 3rd – CHI – 2         WAS – 4

Shots              39                   27

Faceoffs        28                    27

Hits               06                     08

PP                 0/3                    1/3



An overall solid effort by the Capitals in this win over the Blackhawks. The Caps struck early and when the Blackhawks responded with a goal of their own, the Capitals would score to regain their two goal advantage. The Capitals also played a solid defensive game, but still made some mistakes in the third period that could have proved costly, but Braden Holtby was at the top of his game, and kept the Capitals in the game when they needed him to.


Next Up:

Washington (11-7-3 25pts) v. Detroit (9-9-2 20pts)

Chicago (8-9-5 21pts) @ Tampa Bay (14-6-1 29pts)


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