Game Recap – 3/22/2019 – Minnesota Wild v. Washington Capitals

Minnesota Wild (35-31-9 79pts) v. Washington Capitals (43-24-8 94pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Capitals tonight are playing the second of their four game home stand against the Minnesota Wild.  The first period showed this was going to be a tight and defensive game between the two teams as the Wild are desperate to get back into a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.  The Wild struck first at the 16:33 mark on a drive to the net type of goal from Jordan Greenway.  The Wild would take a 1-0 lead over the Capitals going into the second period.

 

The second period saw the same tight defensive period that was featured in the first period.  However, the Capitals managed to tie the game at 1-1 on a tip in goal by Brett Connolly off a Nic Jensen shot from the point.  Going into the third period, the game would be tied 1-1.

 

In the third period, the Minnesota Wild took back the lead at the 12:25 mark on a Luke Kunin as he scored the game winning goal to seal the victory.  The Capitals continue their home stand tomorrow afternoon for a matinee game against the Philadelphia Flyers.  The playoff spot desperate Minnesota Wild take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their second of a back to back games on Saturday night.

 

Lineups:

Minnesota Wild:

Zach Parise-Eric Staal-Kevin Fiala

Ryan Donato-Luke Kunin-Jordan Greenway

Jason Zucker-Victor Rask-Matt Read

Marcus Foligno- Eric Fehr-J.T. Brown

Defensemen:

Ryan Suter- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin – Brad Hunt

Anthony Bitetto – Greg Pateryn

Goalies:

Starter- Devon Dubnyk

Backup- Alex Stalock

Scratches: Nick Seeler, Joel Eriksson Ek, Pontus Aberg

Injuries: Miko Koivu, Matt Dumba

 

Washington Capitals:

Forwrads:

Alex Ovechkin- Nicklas Backstrom- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana- Evgeny Kuznetsov- TJ Oshie

Andre Burakovsky- Lars Eller- Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson- Nic Dowd- Travis Boyd

Defensemen:

Christian Djoos- John Carlson

Dmitri Orlov- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik- Nic Jensen

Goalies:

Starter-Braden Holtby

Backup- Phoenix Copley

Scratches: Dmitri Jaskin, Carl Hagelin (illness)

Injury: Michal Kempny (Lower Body) 

 

First Period:

Minnesota Penalty-4:52- Kevin Fiala, 2 minutes for high sticking

Minnesota Goal-16:33- Jordan Greenway (12) assisted by Ryan Donato (13) & Devon Dubnyk (2)

Minnesota Penalty-18:46- Marcus Foligno, 2 minutes for tripping

 

End of 1st – MIN – 1       WAS – 0

Shots              6                       6

Faceoffs         10/22             12/22

Hits               3                     3

PP                 0/0                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Minnesota Penalty-4:18- Brad Hunt, 2 minutes for slashing

Minnesota Penalty-8:00- Jason Zucker, 2 minutes for roughing

Washington Penalty-8:00- Brooks Orpik, 2 minutes for roughing

Washington Goal-10:42- Brett Connolly (21) assisted by Nic Jensen (15) & TJ Oshie (26)

Washington Penalty-19:51- Tom Wilson, 2 minutes for hooking

 

End of 2nd – MIN – 1        WAS – 1

Shots               21                       15

Faceoffs          20/43              24/43

Hits                 12                     7

PP                   0/0                  0/3

 

Third Period:

Minnesota Goal-12:25- Luke Kunin (6) assisted by Zach Parise (33) & Ryan Donato (14)

 

End of 3rd – MIN – 2         WAS – 1 

Shots              27                   22

Faceoffs        27/56               29/56

Hits               16                     15

PP                 0/1                    0/3

 

Next Up:

Washington Capitals (43-24-8 94pts) v.s Philadelphia Flyers (36-30-8 80pts)

Minnesota Wild (35-31-9 79pts) @ Carolina Hurricanes (40-26-7 87pts)

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