The Capitals hosted the Vancouver Canucks and rode a perfect performance from Braden Holtby and a pair of milestone points to a 3 to 0 victory on home ice. Alex Ovechkin’s first period goal was the winner of this one.
First up, Sunday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: Hotlby didn’t have too much work tonight but he was perfect against the 20 shots sent his way.
- Minus: The Canucks came to Washington after playing, and traveling from, Florida last night. Despite Vancouver playing their second game in as many days the Capitals were unable to put their inferior opponent away early.
Ten more notes on the game:
- The Canucks turned to goaltender Jacob Markstrom for the second time in as many nights after Ryan Miller was injured against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.
- Ovechkin got the scoring started fourteen minutes into the contest, firing home a power play tally from Markstrom’s right. Washington possessed the puck well which allowed John Carlson to feed his Captain for the 13th of Alex’s season.
- Ovechkin’s extra man tally was the 200th power play goal of his career. Cheers!
- Early in the second frame the Canucks had to kill off a lengthy Washington two man advantage (78 seconds) with both Daniel Sedin and Brandon Sutter serving minor penalties. The Capitals moved the puck well again around the offensive zone but Markstrom stood tall against every opportunity.
- Dmitry Orlov took two consecutive second period penalties, one for holding and one for tripping. Luckily his teammates bailed him out both times, forcing Vancouver to the perimeter of the offensive zone and away from Holtby’s crease.
- Despite the second period penalties the Capitals were able to dominate the Canucks with the puck, outshooting their guests 9 to 3 in the frame. Washington’s penalty killing units were sharp all night but never better than in the second period tonight.
- And a bit more than five minutes into the third period Justin Williams snapped an Evgeny Kuznetsov pass over an outstretched Markstrom for a two goal lead and some breathing room.
- Kuznetsov’s assist on the Williams goal was the 100th assist of his career. Cheers!
- Tom Wilson completed the night’s scoring with an empty net goal with 51 seconds left to play.
- Matt Niskanen returned to the lineup after missing one game from an injury sustained last week against the Boston Bruins. He stepped back into the lineup smoothly and delivered two shots on goal in 21 minutes of solid work tonight.