The Capitals entered Manitoba Tuesday night for their third game in four nights. Despite some sluggish play and a late comeback attempt Washington was able to escape with two points to end their Canadian road trip.
First up, Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: Braden Holtby was on tonight, and when he is on this team is never out of it.
- Minus: The Capitals were outshot by six in every frame tonight.
Nine more notes on the game:
- The Jets lost Shawn Matthias in the first period after he and Dmitry Orlov collided below the Capitals’ goal line. Matthias was spilled (drawing a penalty in the process) and while falling appeared to tweak his knee, ending his night after three minutes of work.
- Before the first frame ended Karl Alzner got Washington on the board with a soft shot from the point that Connor Hellebucyk couldn’t find from behind a Ben Chiarot screen. Alzner remains the only Washington rearguard to light the lamp this season.
- Zach Sanford was inches away from his first NHL goal in the second period but was denied when Toby Enstrom poke checked the puck away from the goal line.
- But Marcus Johansson would not be denied eight minutes later, one touching an Evgeny Kuznetsov pass from behind the net for the two goal lead.
- The Capitals continued to yield shots in the third period but seemed content to play chip and chase to ensure the Jets had to traverse the puck through all three zones. Things would not go as planned, however, with seven minutes to play.
- Blake Wheeler walked Nate Schmidt in the Capitals’ defensive zone, eventually allowing Mark Scheifele to gather his own rebound and get the Jets on the board.
- Washington’s legs looked to give out on them after Scheifele’s goal. Winnipeg pushed hard and the Capitals struggled to keep up late in this content.
- And Adam Lowry completed the home team’s comeback by walking the puck around an outstretched Holtby and stashing his first of the season. Holtby was left to fend for himself by Brooks Orpik and John Carlson on the play as both defensemen were caught out of position.
- But less than three minutes later Jay Beagle potted the game winner after winning an offensive zone faceooff. He crashed the net and slapped a backhanded shot under Hellebuyck for a lead the Capitals would not relinquish.