Game Recap – 10/20/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Chicago Blackhawks

Washington Capitals (5-2-2 12pts) v. Chicago Blackhawks (2-2-1 5pts)


Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals embark on a five game road trip to finish the month of October, and they begin in Chicago as they take on the Blackhawks. To start the game the first nine minutes was a bit of back and forth between the two teams until the Blackhawks would head to the penalty box due to an Andrew Shaw penalty, and the Capitals would need only eight seconds to convert on the powerplay as the TJ Oshie would roof a one time pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov to take the 1-0 lead. Lars Eller would get called for tripping shortly after to give the Blackhawks a powerplay opportunity, but the Capitals would shut it down to kill the penalty. To end the period the Blackhawks would get a flurry in the Capitals zone, but it would be Braden Holtby standing tall in net to keep the Capitals 1-0 lead heading into the firt intermission.


In the second period the Blackhawks would start the period with a fresh two minute powerplay after some end of period shenanigans took place between Radko Gudas and Connor Murphy which would see both get two minutes each for roughing, and Gudas getting an additional two minutes for cross checking. However, the Capitals would shut down the Blackhawks and kill the penalty. But the Blackhawks would continue to persist as they would force a turnover in the Capitals zone and Drake Caggiula would net his second of the season to tie the game at one. Then the Capitals would get hit with a double minor to Chandler Stephenson for high sticking, but they would strike while shorthanded when Carl Hagelin would make the pickoff and create a two on one with Nic Dowd who would score to retake the Capitals one goal lead. To end the second period the Blackhawks would outshoot the Capitals 15 to 9 for the period, but the Capitals would make sure that Braden Holtby could see the puck and cut down on the quality chances for the Blackhawks.


In the third period the Capitals would go shorthanded early, but would be able to kill the penalty and then John Carlson would feed Alex Ovechkin a hard pass that Ovechkin would one time past Corey Crawford to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead. However, the Blackhawks would get a really solid shift from their grinder line, and they would cause a lot of chaos in the Capitals zone and Dominik Kubalik would get a lose puck in the crease to score his second of the season. Then after poor passing decision by Lars Eller, the Blackhawks would go on a two on one break which would see Patrick Kane score his third of the season on a beautiful wrist shot, but the Capitals would respond right away as Eller would atone for his costly mistake by creating the play that generated Tom Wilson’s third goal of the season to retake the lead. Then to ice the game Eller would score on the empty net to secure the 5-3 victory for the Capitals.



Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Brendan Leipsic — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

Jonas Siegenthaler — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Michal Kempny — Radko Gudas

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Tyler Lewington, Travis Boyd

Injured: Richard Panik (upper body)


Chicago Blackhawks:

Alex DeBrincat — Jonathan Toews — Andrew Shaw

Dylan Strome — Kirby Dach — Patrick Kane

Brandon Saad — David Kampf — Dominik Kubalik

Alexander Nylander — Ryan Carpenter — Drake Caggiula

Duncan Keith — Connor Murphy

Olli Maatta — Brent Seabrook

Calvin de Haan — Erik Gustafsson

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Slater Koekkoek, Zack Smith

Injured: None.


First Period:

CHI Penalty – 9:17 – Andrew Shaw 2 minutes for Holding

WAS PPG – 9:25 – TJ Oshie (7) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (4)

WAS Penalty – 12:59 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Tripping’

WAS Penalty – 20:00 – Radko Gudas (Jakub Vrana) 2 minutes for Roughing

CHI Penalty – 20:00 – Connor Murphy 2 minutes for Roughing

WAS Penalty – 20:00 – Radko Gudas 2 minutes for Cross Checking


End of 1st

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Second Period:

CHI Goal – 8:25 – Drake Caggiula (2) from Alexander Nylander (1) and Ryan Carpenter (3)

WAS Penalty – 9:25 – Chandler Stephenson double minor for High Sticking

WAS SHG – 9:53 – Nic Dowd (2) from Carl Hagelin (3)


End of 2nd

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Third Period:

WAS Penalty – :33 – Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Goal – 3:52 – Alex Ovechkin (6) from John Carlson (15) and Michal Kempny (1)

CHI Goal – 6:05 – Dominik Kubalik (2) from Brandon Saad (2) and David Kampf (2)

CHI Goal – 9:58 – Patrick Kane (3) from Alexander Nylander (2)

WAS Goal – 11:47 – Tom Wilson (3) from Carl Hagelin (4) and Lars Eller (4)

WAS ENG – 19:10 – Lars Eller (3) from Dmitry Orlov (4)


End of 3rd

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Next Up:

Washington (6-2-2 14pts) @ Calgary (4-4-1 9pts)

Chicago (2-3-1 5pts) v. Vegas (6-3-0 12pts)


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