The Washington Capitals didn’t put together their best effort to start their season-long road trip, but it was still enough to beat the Chicago Blackhawks.
TJ Oshie continued his hot streak, quickly converting a first period power play. After getting rebuffed by Braden Holtby for 25 or so shots., the Hawks finally beat him off Drake Caggiula’s stick. Nic Dowd got a shorthanded goal a few minutes later thanks to some smooth moves from Carl Hagelin.
The Caps killed more penalties in the third period and extended their lead with an Alex Ovechkin one-timer set up by John Carlson, but that lead didn’t last. Dominik Kubalik made it a one-goal game by finishing off a long scramble in the crease, and then Hawks tied it with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
But Tom Wilson restored Washington’s lead a few minutes later with a backdoor one-touch assisted by Carl Hagelin. Lars Eller added an empty-netter, and that was that.
Caps win 5-3!
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I didn’t like Washington’s play in this one much at all. They kept Braden Holtby way too busy for my liking, and the top line got pretty much caved in during even strength. About half of Washington’s skaters were under 40-percent on-ice expected goals during five-on-five play.
But they scored more, so I’m not going to complain about an action-packed regulation win to kick off a long road trip. See ya Tuesday in Calgary!
Headline photo: Bill Smith
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