Game Recap – 2/5/2019 – Vancouver Canucks v. Washington Capitals

Vancouver Canucks (24-23-6 54pts) v. Washington Capitals (28-18-6 62pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals would start off hot as they would force the play in the Vancouver Canucks zone early as TJ Oshie would charge the net for the Nicklas Backstrom rebound to get the Capitals the first goal of the game. The goal would also be assisted on by Alex Ovechkin who would be come the highest scoring Russian player in NHL history.

However, 39 seconds later Evgeny Kuznetsov would be called for hooking, but the Capitals would kill of the penalty. The Capitals would get a powerplay opportunity as well, but could not convert on it. The Capitals would dominate the period which featured them out shooting the Canucks 18 to 5.

 

This was a lackluster period. Not a whole lot really to talk about this period outside of the penalty shot opportunity for Bo Horvat, but Braden Holtby was up to the task to shut Horvat down to keep the 1-0 lead.

 

The Capitals would start off the third period the same way they way started the game by crashing the net, this time with Brett Connolly banking in the shot to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. However, the Canucks would respond with their first goal of the game when Markus Granlund would tip in a Antoine Roussel pass past Holtby. But the Capitals would respond in kind as the Capitals would create more chaos in front of the Canucks net to get the puck past Jacob Markstrom to make it a 3-1 lead. The Canucks would dispute the goal claiming it was hit with a high stick, but the referees declared it a good goal by Jakub Vrana after further review. Elias Pettersson would score with 8 seconds left in the game with the goalie pulled, but it would be too little too late for the Canucks as the Capitals hold on to win 3-2.

 

Lineups:

Vancouver Canucks:

Tim Schaller¬†—¬†Bo Horvat¬†—¬†Josh Leivo

Nikolay Goldobin¬†—¬†Elias Pettersson¬†—¬†Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel¬†— Brandon Sutter —¬†Jake Virtanen

Loui Eriksson¬†—¬†Jay Beagle¬†—¬†Tyler Motte

Alex Biega¬†—¬†Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton¬†—¬†Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot¬†—¬†Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Michael DiPietro

Scratched: Markus Granlund

Injured: Alexander Edler (face), Sven Baertschi (illness), Thatcher Demko (lower body)

 

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin¬†—¬†Nicklas Backstrom¬†— T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana¬†—¬†Evgeny Kuznetsov¬†—¬†Tom Wilson

Dmitrij Jaskin¬†—¬†Travis Boyd¬†—¬†Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky¬†—¬†Nic Dowd¬†—¬†Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov¬†—¬†John Carlson

Michal Kempny¬†—¬†Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik¬†—¬†Jonas Siegenthaler

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh), Lars Eller (lower body)

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 3:00 – TJ Oshie (16) from Nicklas Backstrom (40) and Alex Ovechkin (21)

Capitals Penalty – 3:39 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Hooking

Canucks Penalty – 11:59 – Nikolay Goldobin 2 minutes for Goaltender Interference

 

End of 1st РVAN Р0       WAS Р1

Shots              05                18

Faceoffs         11                11

Hits               07                  07

PP                 0/1                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Capitals Penalty – 3:45 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Hooking

Canucks Penalty Shot – 12:53 – Bo Horvat – Save (Jonas Siegenthaler – Hooking)

 

End of 2nd РVAN Р0        WAS Р1

Shots               18                 22

Faceoffs          18                 19

Hits                 16                  13

PP                   0/2                  0/1

 

Third Period:

Capitals Goal – 5:47 – Brett Connolly (10) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (34) and Jakub Vrana (15)

Canucks Goal – 8:02 – Markus Granlund (9) from Antoine Roussel (16) and Ben Hutton (13)

Capitals Goal Р12:13 Jakub Vrana (16) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (35) and Tom Wilson (11)

Canucks Goal – 19:52 – Elias Pettersson (24) from unassisted

 

End of 3rd РVAN Р2         WAS Р3

Shots              32                   31

Faceoffs        25                    28

Hits               23                     20

PP                 0/2                    0/1

 

Next Up:

Washington (29-18-6 64pts) v. Colorado (22-22-8 52pts)

Vancouver (24-24-6 54pts) @ Chicago (21-24-9 51pts)

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