Game Recap – 1/6/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Detroit Red Wings

Washington Capitals (24-12-4 52pts) v. Detroit Red Wings (16-20-7 39pts)


Game Recap:

To start this game, both the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings would have a feeling out process for the first few minutes, but then the Capitals would get a dominate shift from their second line that would carry over to their top line the very next shift as Tom Wilson would get the Capitals on the board first after continuing sustaining the pressure in the Red Wings zone. Then both teams would continue with some back and forth until Jakub Vrana turns the puck over in the defensive zone which leads to Anthony Mantha tying the game at one for the Red Wings. Late in the period the Capitals would get a powerplay after Dylan Larkin tripped Alex Ovechkin in the neutral zone, but would do nothing with it, and will have 37 seconds of powerplay time to start the second period.

Going into the second period the Capitals looked sluggish and their powerplay time was wasted away. Also as a result of their sloppy play, the Red Wings would capitalize on a tic-tac-toe play as Filip Hronek would score his third of the season to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. The Capitals would then take back to back penalties in this very boring period. They would kill both penalties, and then would draw a penalty with 5 seconds left in the period.

The start of the third period was not very ideal as the Capitals could not generate on their powerplay to start the third period. However, it would be a smart play by Travis Boyd that would generate in him scoring to tie the game at 2 for the Capitals. The goal would breathe life into the Capitals and would force Niklas Kronwall to take a hooking penalty, and while the Capitals generated a few good looks, could not capitalize on yet another powerplay. The Capitals would continue the pressure and get an ugly knuckle puck goal from Michal Kempny that would hold as the game winner despite the barrage of penalties to both teams near the end of the game.

It was an ugly and boring win for the Capitals, but they ended their three game losing streak to end their road trip.



Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Travis Boyd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Matt Niskanen — Dmitry Orlov

Brooks Orpik — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler

Injured: Christian Djoos (leg)


Detroit Red Wings:

Gustav Nyquist — Dylan Larkin — Tyler Bertuzzi

Thomas Vanek — Frans Nielsen — Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm — Luke Glendening — Andreas Athanasiou

Christoffer Ehn — Jacob de la Rose — Justin Abdelkader

Niklas Kronwall — Filip Hronek

Nick Jensen — Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Ericsson — Luke Witkowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Martin Frk, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Danny DeKeyser (hand), Mike Green (foot), Trevor Daley (foot), Michael Rasmussen (lower body)


First Period:

Capitals Goal – 6:57 – Tom Wilson (12) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (28)

Red Wings Goal – 14:08 – Anthony Mantha (10) from unassisted

Red Wings Penalty – 18:37 – Dylan Larkin 2 minutes for Tripping


End of 1st – WAS – 1       DET – 1

Shots              13                09

Faceoffs         10                11

Hits               07                  05

PP                 0/0                 0/0


Second Period:

Red Wings Goal – 6:47 – Filip Hronek (3) from Dylan Larkin (23) and Gustav Nyquist (26)

Capitals Penalty – 10:33 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Penalty – 14:11 – Jonas Siegenthaler 2 minutes for High Sticking

Red Wings Penalty -19:55 – Jonathan Ericsson 2 minutes for Holding


End of 2nd – WAS – 1        DET – 2

Shots               19                 19

Faceoffs          17                 23

Hits                 13                  08

PP                   0/1                  0/2


Third Period:

Capitals Goal – 6:19 – Travis Boyd (4) from Alex Ovechkin (17)

Red Wings Penalty – 7:01 – Niklas Kronwall 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 16:08 – Michal Kempny (5) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (29) and Matt Niskanen (11)

  • Failed Coach’s Challenge for Goalie Interference by Detroit

Capitals Penalty – 17:13 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Slashing

Red Wings Penalty – 19:30 – Andreas Athanasiou 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Penalty – 19:56 – TJ Oshie double minor for High Sticking


End of 3rd – WAS – 2         DET – 2

Shots              34                   25

Faceoffs        25                    36

Hits               20                     09

PP                 0/4                    0/3


Next Up:

Washington (25-12-4 54pts) v. Philadelphia (15-20-6 36pts)

Detroit (16-21-7 39pts) v. Montreal (22-15-5 49pts)

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