Game Recap – 1st Rd. Game 1 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals begin their Stanley Cup defense at home against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the start of the game would see the Capitals weather the storm from the Hurricanes for the first half of the period followed by Nicklas Backstrom going top shelf on Petr Mrazek on the first shot of the game for the Capitals to make it 1-0. Then Justin Faulk would be called for high sticking, and on the powerplay Evgeny Kuznetsov would do a beautiful pass across to slot to Backstrom for his second of the game. The Hurricanes would not do themselves any favors though as Micheal Ferland would be called for interference and with a mad scramble Alex Ovechkin would net his first of the playoffs to make it 3-0 goinf into the first intermission.

 

In the second period both teams would trade scoring opportunities, and some penalties as well. While the Capitals would kill their lone penalty early in the period, Carolina would give the Capitals two more powerplay opportunities. However, this time the Hurricanes would keep the Capitals off the score board while on the penalty kill.

 

In the third period the Capitals would get some really good scoring opportunities to start the period, but Petr Mrazek would stand tall to keep the deficit to three. Then Andrei Svechnikov would score back to back goals to cut the Capitals lead to one in a span of two minutes and nineteen seconds. The Capitals would then get themselves into penalty problems, but would successfully kill both penalties. Then Lars Eller would score the empty netter to seal the deal for the Capitaks as they take the 1-0 series lead.

 

Lineups:

Carolina Hurricanes:

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland — Jordan Staal — Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov — Jordan Martinook — Brock McGinn

Greg McKegg — Lucas Wallmark — Warren Foegele

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce — Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Saku Maenalanen, Jake Bean

Injured: Calvin de Haan (upper body)

 

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

John Carlson — Nick Jensen

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ilya Samsonov

Injured: Michal Kempny (torn left hamstring)

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 9:58 – Nicklas Backstrom (1) from John Carlson (1) and Brooks Orpik (1)

Hurricanes Penalty – 12:32 – Justin Faulk 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals PPG – 13:10 – Nicklas Backstrom (2) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (1) and John Carlson (2)

Hurricanes Penalty – 16:31 – Micheal Ferland 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 18:05 – Alex Ovechkin (1) from Tom Wilson (1) and John Carlson (3)

 

End of 1st – CAR – 0       WAS – 3

Shots              10                09

Faceoffs         13                09

Hits               21                  18

PP                 0/0                 2/2

 

Second Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 1:46 – Andrei Svechnikov 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 4:07 – Bench (Alex Ovechkin) 2 minutes for Too Many Men

Hurricanes Penalty – 13:05 – Justin Williams 2 minutes for Holding the Stick

 

End of 2nd – CAR – 0        WAS – 3

Shots               21                 13

Faceoffs          23                 21

Hits                 32                  27

PP                   0/1                  2/4

 

Third Period:

Hurricanes Goal – 5:07 – Andrei Svechnikov (1) from Lucas Wallmark (1) and Dougie Hamilton (1)

Hurricanes Goal – 7:26 – Andrei Svechnikov (2) from Lucas Wallmark (2) and Justin Faulk (1)

Capitals Penalty – 11:14 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 16:29 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals ENG – 19:24 – Lars Eller (1) from unassisted

 

End of 3rd – CAR – 2         WAS – 4

Shots              29                   18

Faceoffs        39                    28

Hits               37                     35

PP                 0/3                    2/4

 

Next Up:

Game Two – Capitals Leads Series 1-0

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