Washington entered tonight’s contest on a five game winning streak and Carolina on a seven game winning streak on home ice of their own. Someone’s streak had to be snapped and it was Evgeny Kuznetsov in the shootout doing the honors to extend the Capitals’ streak to six.
First up, Friday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: It is great to see Justin Williams score goals and break free of the slump that plagued the start of his season.
- Minus: Six penalties against are far too many. No excuses there.
Ten more notes on the game:
- With Washington facing Montreal Saturday night Barry Trotz gave Philipp Grubauer the nod tonight, a chance to avenge their 5 to 1 loss on against Carolina on November 12th. That contest was the start of the Hurricanes’ eight game home ice winning streak.
- Jeff Skinner got the scoring started early by slamming home his 12th of the year courtesy of a Derek Ryan centering pass. The puck took an unfortunate bounce off of Matt Niskanen’s skate in the goal crease before Skinner lit the lamp.
- But Alex Ovechkin would tie the game with a wrist shot on the man advantage. With Ryan in the box Ovechkin received Nicklas Backstrom’s drop pass atop the right circle and wired the puck to knot the score at one.
- The Capitals had to kill off a forty second two man disadvantage with both Niskanen and Nate Schmidt in the box (care of Skinner). Strong penalty killing from Jay Beagle, John Carlson, and company kept the score tied and PNC Arena quiet.
- And less than two minutes later Williams put Washington ahead by finishing off a nice pass from Kuznetsov. While behind the net Kuznetsov placed a shortside pass to Williams on the weak side and he made no mistake against former teammate Cam Ward.
- But the lead would not last long as Justin Faulk walked in alone and buried the puck between Grubauer’s legs a few minutes later. A nice pass from Sebastien Aho allowed Faulk all the room he would need to knot the score at two.
- Teuvo Teravainen wasted no time putting Carolina ahead in the third period, tallying forty seconds into the final frame. With Backstrom just starting to serve a minor penalty the Hurricanes won the offensive draw and Teravainen scored eight second later.
- With only six minutes left T.J. Oshie deflected a Dmitry Orlov shot past Ward’s right leg pad and blocker to tie the game at three. Orlov flipped the puck toward the net while under pressure at the blue line and Oshie touched it in the slot to beat Ward on one or two bounces.
- The teams would remain locked at three through sixty minutes and five minutes of overtime despite a few good chances for both clubs.
- And in the shootout it was Oshie and Kuznetsov scoring, and Grubauer stopping both Carolina attempts, for the win and the extra point.