Game Recap – 12/11/2018 – Detroit Red Wings v. Washington Capitals

Detroit Red Wings (14-13-4 32pts) v. Washington Capitals (17-9-3 37pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals came to play as Alex Ovechkin scored the hat trick while Nicklas Backstrom helped guide the Capitals with 4 assists to give the Capitals their 3rd straight win. Good overall win for the Capitals as they played a full 60 minutes tonight.

 

Lineups:

Detroit Red Wings:

Gustav Nyquist — Dylan Larkin — Justin Abdelkader

Thomas Vanek — Frans Nielsen — Andreas Athanasiou

Tyler Bertuzzi — Luke Glendening — Michael Rasmussen

Christoffer Ehn — Jacob de la Rose — Martin Frk

Niklas Kronwall — Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson — Nick Jensen

Trevor Daley — Dennis Cholowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Wade Megan, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Darren Helm (upper body), Anthony Mantha (hand), Danny DeKeyser (hand)

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Andre Burakovsky, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Tom Wilson (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee)

 

First Period:

Red Wings Penalty – 2:10 – Frans Nielsen 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 3:39 – Brett Connolly (6) from John Carlson (26) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (21)

Capitals Goal – 10:50 – Travis Boyd (2) from Nic Dowd (5) and Dmitrij Jaskin (6)

Capitals Goal – 12:59 – Alex Ovechkin (23) from Nicklas Backstrom (25) and Michal Kempny (8)

 

End of 1st – DET – 0       WAS – 3

Shots              11                10

Faceoffs         12                12

Hits               06                  04

PP                 0/0                 1/1

 

Analysis:

This was a good period for the Capitals. They scored early and consistently throughout the period. They hustled to win battles, and they had bounces go their way.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to keep it going and not lose focus. They still need to do a good job of clogging up the neutral zone, and containing the Red Wings speed as they can burn anyone with it. Play these last 40 minutes and really choke the life out of the Red Wings.

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 9:05 – Alex Ovechkin (24) from John Carlson (27) and Nicklas Backstrom (26)

Red Wings Penalty – 9:30 – Frans Nielsen 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 10:06 – TJ Oshie (10) from Nicklas Backstrom (27) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (22)

Capitals Penalty – 16:18 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Hooking

 

End of 2nd – DET – 0        WAS – 5

Shots               21                 17

Faceoffs          24                 22

Hits                 13                  06

PP                   0/1                  2/2

 

Analysis:

Another good period for the Capitals. They continued to clog up the neutral zone and containing the Red Wings speed. They did let the Red Wings have a few more opportunities, but not as many dangerous ones like in the 1st period. Capitals are definitely making the most of their opportunities.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to stay focused and not let the Red Wings any opportunities to get back into this game. Full 20 minutes to finish out this game.

 

Third Period:

Red Wings Goal – 1:03 – Dylan Larkin (13) from Gustav Nyquist (21) and Nick Jensen (5)

Failed Coach’s Challenge for the Capitals for Goalie Interference

Capitals Goal – 9:33 – Alex Ovechkin (25) from Christian Djoos (4) and Nicklas Backstrom (28)

Red Wings Goal – 16:42 – Gustav Nyquist (8) from Justin Abdelkader (6)

 

End of 3rd – DET – 2         WAS – 6

Shots              37                   25

Faceoffs        35                    32

Hits               18                     12

PP                 0/1                    2/2

 

Analysis:

Good third period. Capitals let off the gas a little bit which allowed Detroit two goals, but overall a solid period to close out the game.

 

Next Up:

Washington (18-9-3 39pts) @ Carolina (13-12-4 30pts)

Detroit (14-14-4 32pts) v. Ottawa (13-14-4 30pts)

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