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The Washington Capitals are back in action on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams have three losses and are looking to dig out of early-season holes. Though the Kings are hot currently – LA has won three of its last four games and are averaging 4.25 goals per.
The Capitals are coming off one of their worst performances this season, a 5-2 shellacking by the Ottawa Senators. The Caps started the game dominant in the first period but then gave up five unanswered goals from the second period on.
What to look for? Evgeny Kuznetsov is back after a one-game suspension. Connor McMichael is out, which is becoming a concerning trend.
After starting 0 for 9 on the power play, the Capitals have scored 5 PPG in their last nine opportunities. That’s good, so my favorite team, let’s do that some more.
Darcy Kuemper will start his fourth straight game and his fifth overall for the Capitals. He had his best game to date against the Senators, making 39 saves on 42 shots.
Alex Ovechkin has only one point in the four games other than his exemplary performance against the Vancouver Canucks. Can the first line featuring Ovi-Kuzy-Sheary re-find its third-period magic from that Canucks game against the Kings? They scored three even-strength goals in that period.
Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. Puck drop is a little after 7 pm. See you then?
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Capitals first line and first pairing start: Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Sheary and Orlov-Carlson. Jonathan Quick is starting for the Kings. Evgeny Kuznetsov drew a power play 39 seconds in. Anze Kopitar tripped the Capitals’ center in the Kings’ offensive zone.
Pretty boring first period. Not many chances. The Capitals lead in shots on goal 9-5 and 19-13 in 5v5 shot attempts.
🚨 1-0 Kings. Sean Durzi scores in front of the net after a great centering pass by Viktor Arvidsson. (Video)
🚨 2-0 Kings. Nick Jensen blew a wheel in front of the net and Phillip Danault scored on a tap-in one-timer attempt. Yikes. (Video)
🚨 2-1 Kings. Nic Dowd scored after a bouncing puck finds his stick just outside the crease near the left circle. Jonathan Quick went down to the butterfly as Joe Snively whiffed at the puck, giving Dowd the top corner. That goal ended the Capitals’ five-period long five-on-five goalless streak. The goal came at the 3:11 mark of the third period. Jonathan Quick has never shut out the Capitals in his career. (Video)
🚨 2-2. John Carlson beat Quick 59 seconds later past the glove. Tie game after this seemed like a sure loss. (Video)
🚨 3-2 Caps. Sure, why not? Lars Eller gave the Capitals the lead after an incredible sequence. Eller ripped off the helmet of a Kings defender as he skated the puck into the zone, forcing the Kings player to immediately leave the ice for a mandated shift change. Eller was then left wide open on the right wing where he beat Quick with a shot. (Video)
🚨 3-3. John Carlson giveth and John Carlson taketh away. Carlson took a shot in the offensive zone right off the shin pads of a Kings defender at the point. Viktor Arvidsson scored on the resulting 2-on-1. Carlson has been on the ice for two of the Kings 3 goals tonight. (Video)
🚨 4-3. Marcus Johansson just scored randomly on a wraparound. This bonkers period continues to get more bonkers. (Video)
The Capitals won 4-3 after being mostly listless for two periods. The Capitals outshot the Kings 32-25 and out-attempted LA 52-38 at 5v5.
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