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Capitals vs. Canucks Recap: Washington Wins Wild One Out West

Washington came back from down four goals to down Vancouver 6 to 5 in a shootout.

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On the road in Vancouver for the second half of a back-to-back and three in four nights the Capitals mounted an impressive third period comeback before winning 6 to 5 in a shootout.

Here’s Friday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Two goal games from Michal Kempny and Evgeny Kuznetsov? Yes please.

Minus: Washington was pierced three times through 9 minutes of play during the second period (nearly putting the contest out of reach).

Eleven more notes on the game.

  1. Early in the first Kuznetsov put Washington ahead by one. A poor turnover from Micheal Ferland led to a Jakub Vrana pass that Kuznetsov stuffed into the net behind Jacob Markstrom.
  2. Two minutes later though Brock Boeser drew the Canucks even with a power play goal. With Kempny in the penalty box Boeser snapped a loose puck in the slot into the top of the net.
  3. With Washington on the man advantage Tim Schaller netted a shorthanded goal to put Vancouver ahead. Schaller’s offspeed shot hit John Carlson’s stick on its way to the net and fooled Ilya Samsonov on his gloveside.
  4. Elias Pettersson extended Vancouver’s lead to two in the second period with an impressive shortside shot that Samsonov could not turn aside.
  5. Schaller’s second of the night at the 34 minute mark made it 4 to 1 Canucks.
  6. Less than a minute later Jake Virtanen extended Vancouver’s lead to four with his second of the young season. Washington’s defense was caught puck watching and a pass from Bo Horvat beat them all.
  7. With less than a second on the clock in the second period Kuznetsov potted his second of the game to draw the Capitals within three.
  8. Lars Eller reduced the deficit to two with his own shorthanded goal early in the third period. Garnet Hathaway gathered the puck in Vancouver’s zone and his pass allowed Eller to snap his shot behind Markstrom.
  9. Kempny then completed the comeback by tallying twice in 2:44 to even the contest at five. Both bombs came from the blue line with Markstrom unable to track either puck before being beaten.
  10. Five minutes of overtime hockey was unable to crown a winner so to a shootout it went.
  11. Shootout goals from T.J. Oshie, Pettersson, and Nicklas Backstrom gave Washington the extra standings point.