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Capitals vs. Flames Recap: Washington Victorious via Vrana

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Jakub Vrana’s first career NHL hat trick powered the Capitals to a 4 to 2 victory over the Flames

NHL: Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In Alex Ovechkin’s 1,100th career NHL game the Capitals were led by Jakub Vrana to a 4 to 2 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames.

Here’s Sunday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: The Nationals’ 2019 World Series Championship roster was highlighted before puck drop and the team had themselves an excellent evening at Capital One Arena.

Minus: Washington was unable to hold their first period lead to the intermission with Elias Lindholm tying the score with two seconds left to play.

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Eight more notes on the game.

  1. Early in the first frame Andrew Mangiapie put the Flames ahead. A terrible turnaover from Dmitry Orlov behind Washington’s net allowed Mangiapane to take a Matthew Tkachuk pass and walk the puck behind Ilya Samsonov.
  2. Vrana drew Washington even five minutes later with his seventh of the season. A slick backhand pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov enabled Vrana to bury his chance in alone against Cam Talbot.
  3. The Capitals would go ahead on Vrana’s eighth a short bit later. Orlov bounced the puck to Vrana and he wired his shot past Talbot on the shortside.
  4. Lindholm tied it at two at 19:58 and silenced the arena before intermission. Oliver Kylington’s shot from the point was deflected by Lindholm around Samsonov for his tenth of the year.
  5. Vrana would complete his hat trick with the only goal of the second frame. A second primary assist from Kuznetsov sprung Vrana on a breakaway and he put both Talbot and the puck into the net.
  6. On the man advantage early in the third period Lars Eller ripped home a high and hard shot to extend the Capitals’ lead to two. Tom Wilson picked up his second assist of the night on Eller’s tally.
  7. Ovechkin would end his evening at -2 with four shots on goal in 19:15 of ice time.
  8. Samsonov made 24 saves on 26 shots (.923 S%) for his fifth career NHL win.