Welcome to the Capitals Weekly as we look back at the past week for the Washington Capitals as they took on the Carolina Hurricanes. Plus we take a look at news and storylines that took place during the week of March 27th though April 2nd.
- Monday, March 28th, 2022 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals
- For the lone game of the week for the Capitals they would host the Carolina Hurricanes, and this one would get ugly quick for the Caps as Derek Stepan would strike for the Canes less than three minutes into the game after he would be a beneficiary to an errant shot that got deflected to him to score into a wide open net. About five minutes later Martin Necas would finish off a set play as Andrei Svechnikov would play a hard shot off of Vitek Vanecek’s pads for a hard bounce right to Vincent Trocheck who would pass to Necas to shoot the puck into another wide open net to grow the Canes lead to two. After the midway point of the period both Brendan Smith and TJ Oshie would take penalties to put their teams on abbreviated powerplays that neither would score on.
- In the second period Necas would go to the box for elbowing John Carlson, but six seconds after the powerplay expired Tom Wilson would strike fort he Caps to cut their deficit to one. Shirtly after the Caps would go back onto the powerplay as Max Domi would go to the box for cross checking, but instead of the Caps building off of the Wilson goal Sebastian Aho would power past Marcus Johansson and wrap around Vanecek to score shorthanded and give the Canes their two goal lead back. Things would then get feisty as Connor McMichael and Vincent Trocheck would scuffle as both players would get coincidental minors to give us some four on four hockey, and the Canes would jump on the Caps with the extra ice as Brett Pesce would be the recipient of a quick cross ice pass that he would bury past a sprawling Vanecek to give the Canes the three goal lead. After the Pesce goal Alex Ovechkin would go to the box for tripping, but the Caps penalty killers would be up to the task to keep the Canes lead to only three. However, Necas would net his second of the game after the powerplay had ended as he would shoot the puck into a crowd and it would find it’s way past Vanecek to give the Canes the commanding 5-1 lead.
- Then in the third period Ilya Samsonov would come in relief for Vanecek, and a minute into the period Brady Skjei would take a tripping call to put the Caps back on the powerplay, but the Caps would not do anything with it, and 36 seconds after the powerplay expired Wilson would try to drop the gloves with Brendan Smith, but to no avail as Wilson would be hit with a two minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct to put the Canes on the powerplay. The Canes would not capitalize on the poewrplay and about four minutes after the penalty to Wilson ended, him and Smith would dance in a lengthy fight with hopes that it could spark a comeback for the Caps, but less than a minute after the fight Skjei would score to grow the Canes lead to five. In the final seconds of the game Lars Eller would get called for charging, but it would not matter as the Capitals would fall to the surging Hurricanes 6-1.
News and Notes
- None. They had the week off essentially, so there’s nothing to discuss.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 – v. Minnesota Wild – 7p ET
TV: NBCSWA, BSWI, BSNX
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 – v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 730p ET
TV: TNT, TVAS
Saturday, April 9th, 2022 – @ Pittsburgh Penguins – 3p ET
TV: ESPN+, ABC, SN1, TVAS
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