The Capitals entered their contest against the New Jersey Devils with an 11 point lead over their guests in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams earned a standings point but it was Jacob Josefson tallying the clinching goal in the shootout’s second round.
First up, Thursday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: The Capitals’ penalty killing units were great tonight and excellent when they needed to be. They also potted an important third period goal to complete a stellar evening of work.
- Minus: Early in the second period Evgeny Kuznetsov continued to make poor decisions with the puck. A careless, inexplicable turnover of his gifted New Jersey their first tonight.
Nine more notes on the game:
- Kieth Kinkaid was given the start by John Hynes tonight, his 9th start of the season.
- Mike Cammalleri was denied by Braden Holtby on a breakaway in the first period but immediately afterward Karl Alzner was whistled for Delay of Game after he caromed into the net and dislodged it. Referees Trevor Hanson and Dave Lewis determined Alzner could’ve avoided it and so they sent him to the penalty box.
- New Jersey got the scoring started less than a minute into the second period with P.A. Parenteau lighting the lamp with a sharp snap shot over Holtby’s right shoulder.
- Parenteau’s tally came courtesy of Kuznetsov’s previously mentioned turnover, a blind backhanded pass from the corner that was quickly capitalized on.
- The teams remained scoreless until Washington connected early in the third period while shorthanded. Daniel Winnik and Jay Beagle ended up finishing their odd man rush on Winnik’s second attempt from atop Kinkaid’s blue paint.
- 89 seconds later Tom Wilson was called for Roughing, giving the Devils a chance to regain their lead with a two man advantage. Strong penalty killing from Holtby and the penalty killing units, however, would prevent New Jersey from breaking the tie.
- Neither New Jersey nor Washington could tally before the end of the third period, sending the game to overtime and eventually a shootout.
- In the shootout Cammalleri skated Holtby into the ice and Jacob Josefson tallied the winner in round two.
- Both Dmitry Orlov and Winnik registered 6 shots on goal tonight to lead both teams.