With the high holidays nearly over, the Washington Capitals returned to action on Thursday, playing host to the Carolina Hurricanes, who are not great. The game was quiet until late, when it got dangerous.
After a scoreless first, the Caps got on board twice in the second period — first with Chandler Stephenson exploiting a turnover forced by Smith-Pelly, then with TJ Oshie deflecting John Carlson’s shot on the power play.
Matt Niskanen left the game in the third period and shortly thereafter Sebastian Aho cracked Braden Holtby’s shutout bid. The Canes pulled Petr Mrazek late and John Carlson punished them for it, scoring an empty-netter instantly.
Caps win 3-1!
#JoeBSuitOfTheNight #CapsWhalers Merry Christmas. Here is a black suit and pink tie/pocket square to get you ready for Easter in a few months pic.twitter.com/DwiAXpmkZ5
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 28, 2018
That was a weird. Two standings points pad some impressive stats, but I hope the win didn’t cost them the services of a great defender.
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