The Capitals traveled to Minnesota to face the Wild coming off a pair of overtime losses. Despite Minnesota's red hot performances at home lately Washington walked away with a pair of points in a sixty minute 5 to 2 victory.
Here’s Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Andre Burakovsky had a great performance, tally two points (1G, 1A) in only 11:31 of ice.
Minus: Speaking of ice time, Brooks Orpik got 19:26 of it. Read more about his season here.
Eleven more notes on the game.
- Philipp Grubauer got the start for Washington, his third of the month. He was asked to be sharp early, needing to turn away Zach Parise from point blank less than three minutes into the contest.
- The Wild outshot Washington 8 to 6 through twenty minutes and the Capitals were lucky to be tied heading into the first intermission.
- But early in the second frame Tom Wilson walked the puck into the offensive zone a rifled a shot over Devan Dubnyk’s glove to put Washington ahead. It was a real goalscorer’s goal, Wilson’s eighth of the season (a career high).
- And five minutes later Alex Ovechkin increased Washington’s lead to two by squeaking a shot through Dubnyk’s legs from the right wing. A slick pass from Andre Burakovsky got Ovechkin the puck and the Captain buried his 34th. Check out my Countdown to 600 to see Ovechkin’s latest tally and all his previous century markers.
- Before the second period came to a close Evgeny Kuznetsov and Devante Smith-Pelly rang the iron behind Dubnyk. Grubauer held off another eight Wild shots while Washington directed nine Minnesota’s way in the middle frame.
- Buravoksy extended the Capitals’ lead to three with a gorgeous coast-to-coast rush. Picking the puck up behind Grubauer Burakovsky skated through all three zones before ripping a wrist shot around Jared Spurgeon and through Dubnyk.
- Only a few minutes later Nino Niederreiter got the Wild on the board by stuffing a rebound off the post and into the net. Niederreiter jumped on a Mikko Koivu rebound to beat Grubauer and the defense.
- Speaking of Koivu, he skated in his 900th career contest tonight. Congratulations to Minnesta’s longtime leader.
- Nicklas Backstrom would seal the victory for Washington with five minutes to play. Wilson and Ovechkin connected for a shot and Backstrom stashed the rebound.
- Eric Staal would add a final goal for the Wild on a power play and Wilson and empty net goal for Washington.
- Madison Bowey was scratched in favor of Taylor Chorney, who rode alongside Orpik tonight.