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Capitals vs. Senators Recap: Backstrom’s 500th Assist Delivers Washington Win

Nicklas Backstrom’s assist, the 500th of his NHL career, on T.J. Oshie’s first period goal was enough to beat the Senators 1 to 0 in Ottawa

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The Capitals and Senators met for the second weekend in a row and this time with Nicklas Backstrom on the verge of a milestone assist. Backstrom tallied assist 500 early in the first period on what would be the game winning goal in a 1 to 0 shutout victory.

First up, Saturday night’s Plus/Minus.

  • Plus: The Capitals got on the board early, taking advantage of an Ottawa team that has not played since last Saturday in Washington.
  • Minus: T.J. Oshie left the game late in the second period and did not return for the final frame.

Nine more notes on the game:

  • 98 seconds into the contest Oshie scored by firing the puck over Mike Condon’s left shoulder from the left circle with a snappy one timer. His early goal was Washington’s 26th time getting on the scoreboard before their opponents this season.
  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 500th assist on Oshie’s early goal which makes Backstrom the 10th Swede to tally 500 assists in the NHL. Congrats Nick!
  • Early in the second period Oshie was stood up by Dion Phaneuf in the neutral zone which caused Oshie visible discomfort. He continued to play in the second but would eventually leave the contest after only 9 minutes of work.
  • Late in the second period Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Dzingel found themselves in alone on a 2 on 1 but Braden Holtby stood tall against Dzingel before making a strong save to keep Ottawa off the scoreboard.
  • The Senators outshot Washington through the first forty minutes 21 to 13 but excellent penalty killing and goaltending allowed the Capitals to start the third period with the one goal lead.
  • The excellent penalty killing extended into the third after Karl Alzner was whistled for boarding Mark Stone. A Tom Wilson shot block against Erik Karlsson , that had to hurt, was the highlight of the late kill.
  • Holtby captured the shutout victory, his second in a row, by turning aside all 30 Senators shots.
  • Washington’s eight second period shots were the most they could muster in any period tonight.
  • Bobby Ryan was a healthy scratch for the Senators.

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