Game Recap – 12/14/2018 – Washington Capitals v. Carolina Hurricanes

Washington Capitals (18-9-3 39pts) v. Carolina Hurricanes (13-13-4 30pts)


Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals managed to leave Carolina with the shootout victory over the Hurricanes. The Capitals did so while constantly putting themselves in the penalty box which the Hurricanes made them pay for that 3 times. Also Alex Ovechkin’s 2nd goal came controversially as Jonas Siegenthaler clearly interfered with Dougie Hamilton to allow Ovechkin to get into the slot area to score.



Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitrij Jaskin — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Jonas Siegenthaler — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Andre Burakovsky, Chandler Stephenson

Injured: Christian Djoos (leg), Brooks Orpik (knee)


Carolina Hurricanes:

Jordan Martinook — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Janne Kuokkanen — Victor Rask — Brock McGinn

Andrei Svechnikov — Lucas Wallmark — Justin Williams

Warren Foegele — Clark Bishop — Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin — Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan — Justin Faulk

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Dougie Hamilton

Scott Darling

Petr Mrazek


Injured: Jordan Staal (concussion), Curtis McElhinney (lower body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Haydn Fleury (concussion)


First Period:

Hurricanes Goal – :47 – Jordan Martinook (8) from Sebastian Aho (21) and Calvin de Haan (4)

Capitals Goal -3:56 – Alex Ovechkin (26) from Jonas Siegenthaler (1) and Nic Dowd (6)

Capitals Penalty – 7:59 – Madison Bowey 2 minutes for Interference

Hurricanes Penalty – 7:59 – Warren Foegele 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Capitals Penalty – 10:06 – Madison Bowey 2 minutes for Holding the Stick

Hurricanes Penalty – 11:54 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for High Sticking

Hurricanes SHG – 13:18 – Sebastian Aho (10) from Teuvo Teravainen (17)


End of 1st – WAS – 1       CAR – 2

Shots              10                10

Faceoffs         08                12

Hits               05                  16

PP                 0/1                 0/1



Not a solid period for the Capitals. Giving up the first goal of the game in the first minute was not ideal, especially for going up against a team that got home last night at 3 in the morning. The Capitals responded very well by getting a goal of their own to tie the game. However, it would be poor play on their powerplay that would result in a shorthanded goal against, plus Madison Bowey needs to play smarter. The penalties he has been taking have been hurting the Capitals.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to clean up their play in their own zone. They have been sloppy, and it has been costly. The Capitals need to come out and start the 2nd period with a better pace to their game, and on their next power play opportunity they need to get Tom Wilson out there.


Second Period:

Capitals Penalty – 4:00 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Holding

Hurricanes PPG – 4:39 – Sebastian Aho (11) from Justin Faulk (8) and Teuvo Teravainen (18)

Capitals Penalty – 5:03 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Interference

Hurricanes PPG – 6:41 – Teuvo Teravainen (6) from Andrei Svechnikov (8) and Sebastian Aho (22)

Capitals Goal – 12:37 – Tom Wilson (8) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (23)

Capitals Goal – 17:25 – Alex Ovechkin (27) from Nic Dowd (7)

Capitals Goal – 18:19 – Travis Boyd (3) from John Carlson (28) and Nic Dowd (8)


End of 2nd – WAS – 4        CAR – 4

Shots               21                 16

Faceoffs          14                 21

Hits                 16                  20

PP                   0/1                  2/3



Yet again another rough period for the Capitals, but this time they ended it strong. They took a couple bad penalties, one of which was very questionable, and the Hurricanes made them pay for it. The Capitals were able to tie it up late, even though Alex Ovechkin’s 2nd goal should have not happened as it was clear interference by Jonas Siegenthaler, and has gotten them some confidence.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to play a full 20 minutes. They need to play smart and stay out of the penalty box. The Capitals also needs to contain the hurricanes speed as right now they are being burned by Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen.


Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 3:19 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Hooking

Hurricanes Penalty – 9:20 – Jordan Martinook 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals PPG – 9:49 – Alex Ovechkin (28) from John Carlson (30) and Nicklas Backstrom (29)

Capitals Penalty -11:49 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for High Sticking

Hurricanes PPG – 13:48 – Justin Williams (7) from unassisted


End of 3rd – WAS – 5         CAR – 5

Shots              25                   26

Faceoffs        23                    35

Hits               23                     22

PP                 1/2                    3/5



Capitals Penalty – 3:25 – Matt Niskanen 2 minutes for Tripping


End of OT – WAS – 5         CAR – 5

Shots              29                   27

Faceoffs        25                    35

Hits               25                     26

PP                 1/2                    3/6



CAR – Janne Kuokkanen – Save

WAS – TJ Oshie – Save

CAR – Jaccob Slavin – Save

WAS – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Save

CAR – Phil Di Giuseppe – Save

WAS – Alex Ovechkin – Save

CAR – Dougie Hamilton – Goal

WAS – Nicklas Backstrom – Goal

CAR – Justin Williams – Save

WAS – Lars Eller – Save

CAR – Brock McGinn – Save

WAS – Jakub Vrana – Goal


End of SO – WAS 6    CAR 5



A decent 3rd period and overtime period for the Capitals. They did great getting the lead on their lone powerplay of the 3rd period only to blow it one a sloppy play by Braden Holtby behind the net to let former Capital Justin Williams tie it up on a powerplay. In overtime the Capitals started strong, and then was forced to kill off a late Matt Niskanen tripping call. As for the shootout, why did Rod Brind’Amour not put in Sebastian Aho or Teuvo Teravainen?


Next Up:

Washington (19-9-3 41pts) v. Buffalo (19-9-4 42pts)

Carolina (13-13-5 31pts) v. Arizona (14-15-2 30pts)

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