Game Recap – 12/27/2018 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes (15-15-5 35pts) v. Washington Capitals (22-10-3 47pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals return from the Holiday break well rested as they took on the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division match up. The Capitals would control most of the tempo of this game despite taking three penalties in the first period. The second period would feature the Capitals forcing the play in the Hurricanes zone and cause the Hurricanes to take three penalties in the second period with the Capitals converting on the third one. The Capitals would keep up the pressure against the Hurricanes in the third period to secure their third straight victory.

 

Lineups:

Carolina Hurricanes:

Andrei Svechnikov — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Micheal Ferland — Clark Bishop — Justin Williams

Warren Foegele — Lucas Wallmark — Jordan Martinook

Janne Kuokkanen — Victor Rask — Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin — Brett Pesce

Calvin de Haan — Justin Faulk

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Dougie Hamilton

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratches: Phillip Di Giuseppe

Injured: Haydn Fleury (concussion), Jordan Staal (upper body)

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Jonas Siegenthaler — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratches: Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Tyler Lewington

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

 

First Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 1:50 – Sebastian Aho 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Penalty – 9:35 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Penalty – 13:56 – Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 16:25 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Interference

 

End of 1st – CAR – 0       WAS – 0

Shots              08                16

Faceoffs         05                13

Hits               07                  05

PP                 0/3                 0/1

 

Analysis:

This was a good period for the Capitals, but they kept getting themselves into penalty trouble. However, the Capitals did a great job of winning the battles to the puck to diffuse the Hurricanes powerplay opportunities. Also the Capitals did a very good job of pressuring the Hurricanes in their own zone and creating scoring chances for themselves.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to keep playing the strong game that they are, but they need to stay out of the penalty box, and force the Hurricanes to make mistakes and capitalize on them.

 

Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 3:33 – Chandler Stephenson (4) from unassisted

Hurricanes Penalty – 4:16 – Andrei Svechnikov 2 minutes for Goalie Interference

Hurricanes Penalty – 6:18 – Andrei Svechnikov 2 minutes for Interference

Hurricanes Penalty – 17:18 – Brett Pesce 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals PPG – 18:16 – TJ Oshie (11) from John Carlson (31) and Alex Ovechkin (16)

 

End of 2nd – CAR – 0        WAS – 2

Shots               16                 25

Faceoffs          19                 22

Hits                 18                  14

PP                   0/3                  1/4

 

Analysis:

Another good period for the Capitals that saw them force the Hurricanes to take 3 penalties this period and capitalizing late on their third chance. Great play by the Capitals earlier in the second period by forcing the pressure in the zone and making the Hurricanes defense cough up the puck and lead to Chandler Stephenson’s goal.

 

Need to Do:

The Capitals need to keep their foot on the gas, and continue to force the play in the Hurricanes zone. Also the Capitals need to make sure they stay out of the penalty box, and not allow the Hurricanes an opportunity to get back into this game.

 

Third Period:

Hurricanes Goal – 12:25 – Sebastian Aho (15) from Micheal Ferland (6)

Capitals Penalty – 16:12 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals ENG – 19:09 – John Carlson (6) from Nicklas Backstrom (32)

 

End of 3rd – CAR – 1         WAS – 3

Shots              29                   33

Faceoffs        27                    33

Hits               24                     29

PP                 0/4                    1/4

 

Analysis:

A slower moving third period that saw the Hurricanes get on the board and ending Braden Holtby’s shutout chances after Matt Niskanen was driven into the boards from behind by Clark Bishop while Niskanen was entangled with Justin Williams. Overall a good period for the Capitals as they walk out the victors in this one.

 

Next Up:

Washington (23-10-3 49pts) @ Ottawa (15-18-4 34pts)

Carolina (15-16-5 35pts) @ New Jersey (13-16-7 33pts)

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