Game Recap – 4/1/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Florida Panthers

Washington Capitals (47-24-8 102pts) v. Florida Panthers (35-32-12 82pts)

 

Game Recap:

In their final road game of the regular season, the Washington Capitals visit the Florida Panthers with a chance to clinch the Metropolitan Division title for the fourth season in a row. However, the Panthers would have different ideas as they would strike first to put the Capitals in an early 1-0 deficit on a Frank Vatrano goal.

 

Then in the second period, the Panthers would continue to push the play as Jonathan Huberdeau would bank in the loose puck past Pheonix Copley to make it 2-0. Then while the Capitals were on the lone powerplay of the period Vincent Trocheck would blast a shot five hole on Copley to give the Panthers a three goal lead while shorthanded. And to end the period for the Panthers it would be former Capital Troy Brouwer getting the goal off of a beautiful Aleksander Barkov pass to make it 4-0 going into the second intermission.

 

Halfway thru the third period the Capitals would come alive as Evgeny Kuznetsov would get the Capitals on the board with the hopes of a late comeback victory. Then after a failed powerplay opportunity the Capitals would strike again as Nicklas Backstrom would be the recipient of a TJ Oshie pass in front of the net to cut the Panthers lead to two. And Oshie would not be done there as with Copley pulled for the extra attacker, Oshie would find an open Jakub Vrana to cut the Panthers lead to one. However, despite their best efforts, Vincent Trocheck would ice the game for the Panthers with an empty net goal in the final minute to win the game 5-3 for the Panthers.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Matt Niskanen — Dmitry Orlov

Christian Djoos — John Carlson

Nick Jensen — Brooks Orpik

Pheonix Copley

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd

Injured: Michal Kempny (lower body)

 

Florida Panthers:

Jonathan Huberdeau — Aleksander Barkov — Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman — Vincent Trocheck — Jayce Hawryluk

Frank Vatrano — Riley Sheahan — Troy Brouwer

Dryden Hunt — Henrik Borgstrom — Colton Sceviour

Mike Matheson — Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle — MacKenzie Weegar

Mark Pysyk — Josh Brown

Roberto Luongo

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Jamie McGinn, Denis Malgin, Ian McCoshen, Brady Keeper, James Reimer

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder)

 

First Period:

Panthers Goal – 13:48 – Frank Vatrano (24) from Colton Sceviour (10) and Henrik Borgstrom (10)

Capitals Penalty – 16:30 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Holding

 

End of 1st – WAS – 0       FLA – 1

Shots              05                14

Faceoffs         11                10

PP                 0/0                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Panthers Goal – 3:34 – Jonathan Huberdeau (28) from unassisted

Panthers Penalty – 11:48 – Frank Vatrano 2 minutes for Holding

Panthers SHG – 12:01 – Vincent Trocheck (9) from Aleksander Barkov (58) and Mike Matheson (19)

Panthers Goal – 17:57 – Troy Brouwer (12) from Aleksander Barkov (59) and Dryden Hunt (7)

 

End of 2nd – WAS – 0        FLA – 4

Shots               19                 24

Faceoffs          21                 16

PP                   0/1                  0/1

 

Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – :41 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 10:55 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (21) from John Carlson (57)

Panthers Penalty – 11:45 – Vincent Trocheck 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals Goal – 16:25 – Nicklas Backstrom (22) from TJ Oshie (28) and Alex Ovechkin (38)

Capitals Goal – 17:39 – Jakub Vrana (24) from TJ Oshie (29) and Matt Niskanen (17)

Panthers ENG – 19:33 – Vincent Trocheck (10) from Evgenii Dadonov (41) and Aleksander Barkov (60)

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 3         FLA – 5

Shots              30                   34

Faceoffs        32                    29

Hits               35                     29

PP                 0/2                    0/2

 

Next Up:

Washington (47-25-8 102pts) v. Montreal (42-29-8 92pts)

Florida (36-32-12 84pts) v. NY Islanders (46-27-7 99pts)

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