Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating today on this lovely Sunday afternoon while the Capitals hosted the Anaheim Ducks at Capital One Arena. Honestly, I was anticipating kind of a snoozefest…but it was definitely not.
Alex Ovechkin only needed 41 seconds to connect to his partner-in-crime, Mr. Nick Backstrom to kick off the scoring. Six minutes later, Chandler Stephenson brought the team up 2-0. The goal ended Stephenson’s 20-game goal drought. After a Ryan Getzlaf shot to put the Ducks on the board, the Capitals snagged one final goal during a power play to raise the score to 3-1. The goal was scored by none other than Tom Wilson, making this his eighth goal in ten games. What the hell is going on.
Second period brought two goals from both sides. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first even strength goal of the season and Nic Dowd brought the score up 5-1. After a bit of a lull in the Capitals play, the Ducks were able to capitalize (no pun intended) on those chances and scored two quick goals. The Capitals headed into the third period leading on the board 5-3, but losing on scoring chances 12-11.
The third period gave us some good ol’ fashioned whiplash going from power play to penalty kill. The Ducks got a power play, the Capitals got a power play, the Ducks got a power play, and finally the Ducks were able to put the puck behind Holtby. Dmitry Orlov was called for a boarding penalty and the Ducks were able to do the thing again, bringing the final tally to 5-5. Another Ducks goal with five minutes remaining. All good winning streaks must come to an end.
Caps lose 6-5.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 2, 2018
Let’s check in on Tom Wilson:
He’s got eight goals and six assists in 10 games.
He scored his eighth goal in his 53rd game last season.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) December 2, 2018
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) December 2, 2018
We will catch you on Tuesday for a 10PM matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Yes, 10PM. It’s time for some more #RMNBAfterDark. Let’s get that Presidents’ Trophy.
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