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Capitals vs. Wild Recap: The Call of the Penalty

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The Capitals kick off their homestand with a solid 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Goals from T.J. Oshie, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov kept the Capitals on top to claim the game and the points.

All the regular recappers are off-duty tonight, which means that the recap is up to you, our loyal readers. Chip in a bullet for the game in comments and we’ll add them right here into the post! I’ll kick things off with Saturday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: “No passengers” - The team put in a four-line effort, protecting a narrow lead until the final horn.
  • Minus: Blood on the ice is always scary, and even more so when the blood belongs to the Captain.

And now... bring on the recap bullets:

  • It has been said that plans are worthless but planning is indispensable, but for our powerplay the plan was all we needed: TJ Oshie scored exactly how they draw it on the whiteboards. [heraldofmanwe]
  • With under four minutes to go Eller took a stick to the face and as Kuzy enthusiasticly pointed out, he bled! Bruce appealed to no avail, and that double minor was set to put the good guys on the power play for the remainder of the contest until Kuzy tapped The Captain’s pass home for another power play marker and some much needed insurance. [heraldofmanwe]
  • Penalties were plentiful this evening, to the point where both teams should look into getting some sort of medicated cream for that nasty rash of high-sticking, and while stick infractions dominated the call, it might be observed that several of these calls were chintzy enough to make a lovely pair of curtains. [Ainsel]
  • Russian-American collusion was evident tonight, with Oshie and Niskanen providing the helpers on the even strength Orlov goal, which was the go-ahead goal and proved to be gamewinner. [Ainsel]
  • Despite giving up a powerplay goal to the Wild, the Caps penalty kill mostly held most solid, and more importantly, their powerplay banked in A-OK, with goals from TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Oshie’s goal came with some textbook passing by Backstrom and Kuznetsov, while Alex Ovechkin, fresh off a lip-stitch, served a primary assist to Kuz so generous that the young Russian said Spasibo and helped himself to a layup, sealing the 3-1 win. [Ainsel]