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The Washington Capitals are on a modest two-game win streak and will look to extend it to (a Tom Poti) three against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday night.
The Senators, like the Caps, got out of the gates slow with a 1-2 start to the season. The game will give us a first look at Claude Giroux and Alex Debrincat as Senators.
What to look for? Connor McMichael and Joe Snively will make their season debuts after Evgeny Kuznetsov got suspended and Connor Brown was lost long-term to injury. Lars Eller will center the de facto first line.
Darcy Kuemper will start his fourth game of the season for the Capitals. So far his numbers are 2021 Samsonovian — 3.04 GAA and .889 save percentage — but we shall not judge such a small sample size.
Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. Puck drop is a little after 7 pm. See you then?
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The Capitals started Snively-Strome-Oshie and Fehervary-Jensen. The Capitals lost the opening face-off. Darcy Kuemper beaten glove side by a Senators shot by bailed out by the post. The Capitals have their first power play of the game at the 8:06 mark of the first period. The Senators cleared the puck over the glass on a clear. Now the Capitals have a 72-second 5-on-3 PP. Dylan Strome beat Anton Forsburg with a shot but it hit the crossbar and out.
🚨 1-0 Capitals. Marcus Johansson finds TJ Oshie wide open in front the net for a one-timer. It’s a power-play goal. Oshie has scored in his last five games against the Senators. (Video)
🚨 2-0 Capitals. Anthony Mantha with a huge one-timer from the right circle. A heater under the bar. Dmitry Orlov with the primary assist. That’s two goals in 34 seconds. Both were power-play goals. (Video)
The Capitals are dominating. This is their best period of the season so far. The Caps edged out Ottawa in shots on goal 12-7 in the first period. The Caps also hold the edge in 5v5 shot attempts 17-13 and overall shot attempts 23-13.
The Capitals have lost the momentum they generated in the first period.
🚨 2-1 Capitals. Drake Batherson scored from the doorstep on a bad angle right as a 4-on-3 power play turned into a 5-on-4. Beautiful tic-tac-toe. (Video)
The Senators are out-shooting the Capitals 4-1 and out-attempting 8-2 overall, seven minutes into the second period. They’re going to another power play after a second straight whistle on TJ Oshie. His first was tripping, the second one was slashing.
🚨 2-2. Darcy Kuemper gives up a rebound right to Drake Batherson on the doorstep. Tie game. It’s Batherson’s second goal of the period and second on the power play. (Video)
Josh Norris scored on a deflection in front of the net but the goal is whistled off due to his stick hitting the puck above the crossbar. That would have been awfully deflating.
Conor Sheary took a minor penalty for interference. That’s the Capitals’ third-straight penalty. The Capitals killed this one off.
The Senators are laying the lumber on the Capitals’ fourth line. They did not like a hit Dowd threw earlier in the game. Brady Tkachuk serves a too many men penalty called on the Senators.
Connor McMichael dropped the gloves with Parker Kelly after the Senators forward ran John Carlson. That was awesome. McMichael wrestled him to the ice. Though I’m concerned Connor Mc feels the need to do that against other team’s tough guys to play more.
The Ottawa Senators dominated the Capitals in the second period. They outshot the Caps 15-5 and out-attempted them 17-7 at all strengths. The Senators are out-hitting the Capitals 22-15 after a big body-clanging period.
The Capitals began the period by killing off the Alex Ovechkin high-sticking penalty that he took late in the second period.
🚨 3-2 Senators. The Collapsitals are in full force right now. Shane Pinto scores in front of the net to give the Senators their first lead of the game. That was also the first 5v5 goal of the game. (Video)
Huge save by Anton Forsburg on Marcus Johansson. Forsburg went to the splits to glove a Marcus Johansson one-timer that looked destined to go in.
The Capitals pulled Darcy Kuemper with a little more than a minute left for an extra man.
🚨 4-2 Senators. Tyler Motte scored an empty netter to make it 4-2 after Alex Ovechkin takes a shot from the red line.
🚨 5-2 Senators. Alex Debrincat scores on the empty net as well. It’s his first goal as an Ottawa Senator.
The Senators out-scored the Capitals 5-0 and outshot the Capitals 37-12 from the second period on. Yikes.
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