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Capitals vs. Ducks Recap: Anaheim’s Attack Defeats Washington

A three goal second period powered the Ducks to a 5 to 2 victory over the Capitals

NHL: Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals entered Anaheim tonight as losers of three straight in regulation and in need of a victory to stop their road trip skid. Unfortunately Anaheim had other plans and extended Washington’s losing streak to four with another 5 to 2 victory tonight.

First up, Monday morning’s Plus/Minus.

  • Plus: Washington will return home this morning, mercifully ending an especially difficult late season road trip.
  • Minus: The Ducks scored three goals in less than five minutes in the second period to give themselves a lead the Capitals couldn’t overcome.

Ten more notes on the game:

  • Kevin Shattenkirk served the first of his two game suspension after leaping into Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel last night. Nate Schmidt filled in for Shattenkirk and skated well in his return to the lineup.
  • Less than five minutes into the game Lars Eller poked the puck under Jonathan Bernier and into the net. Unfortunately referees Eric Furlatt and Frederick L'Ecuyer waved the goal off immediately, having lost sight of the puck seconds before Eller stashed it.
  • Tom Wilson was absolutely robbed by Bernier in the second period. After walking Kevin Bieksa at the blue line Wilson drove to the net on his backhand but Bernier’s strong right leg pad denied him the red light.
  • And only a few minutes later Corey Perry tallied the game’s first. Eller turned the puck over onto Perry’s stick and the large forward had no problem reaching around Braden Holtby and registering his 13th goal of the season.
  • Perry extended Anaheim’s lead to two less than five minutes later. Ryan Getzlef made a nice pass to Ryan Kesler in the slot and his shot deflected past Holtby off of Perry’s stick in front.
  • And 28 seconds after that Rickard Rakell tallied directly off an offensive zone faceoff to put the home team ahead by three. After a Getzlaf faceoff win Rakell quickly wired the puck beyond Holtby’s reach on his glove side for the goal.
  • But John Carlson would get the Capitals on the board with a power play tally before the end of the second period. A smart pass from Nicklas Backstrom gave Carlson the time and space he needed to put it through Bernier.
  • Early in the third Getzlaf beat Holtby on the power play to put the Ducks ahead by three once again.
  • But thirty seconds after that Marcus Johansson scored to cut Washington’s deficit to two with fifteen minutes left to play courtesy of a fortuitous bounce.
  • But Kesler would end any thought of a Capitals comeback by putting Anaheim ahead by three once more with seven minutes left in the contest, his twentieth goal of the season.