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Capitals vs. Coyotes Recap: Capitals Win 2-0 Snoozer At Home

It wasn’t the most exciting game for the Capitals but they came up with the win

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Tonight the Caps played the worst team in the league, coming off a loss in Tampa last night, and winless in their first six games (with rookie goalie Karel Vejmelka in net looking for his first NHL win). There’s absolutely no reason the Capitals shouldn’t have won the game... but if there ever was a trap game this was it, so the Caps needed to be on their guard.

Plus: The Capitals held to Coyotes to just 16 shots and six high danger chances on goal in all situations through the whole game.

Minus: The Capitals had SIX power play chances in the game against a team that had the worst penalty kill in the league with a horrific 44.4% success rate. They should have had at least two or three by the end of the night... but they settled for just one, late in the third period.

A few more notes on the game:

  • The Capitals came out hot to start the period. At the 12 minute mark the Capital they were out shooting the Coyotes 10-0 and almost 20-4 in shot attempts.
  • After almost 17 minutes the Coyotes finally got their first shot on net and it was a good one. It’s never easy to stop that first shot after not facing any for so long but Samsonov stepped up big.
  • The first period came to an end with no goals either way, which is a bit concerning after the dominant period the Capitals have. Anytime you play so well but don’t score it seems to come back and bite you in the butt.
  • Alexander Ovechkin took a “cross checking” penalty mid way through the second period. The quotations are used because it’s more like Ovechkin touched the guy but whatever. The penalty kill gave the Caps a chance to get the blood pumping a bit more and work on a part of the game they need to work on. They successfully killed it.
  • So the second period happened... and nothing really happened. Caps outshot and outchanced the Coyotes again but no goals for either side.
  • The Coyotes took their sixth penalty of the game, called on none other than ex-Cap Liam O’Brien, and the Capitals finally scored with a wrister from John Carlson on the point.
  • Shortly after the Capitals took a penalty of their own, which is usually the classic time the Capitals would give up the tying goal but they put up a good effort and didn’t let Arizona have much.
  • Ovechkin was able to pad those goal stats after all, picking up the empty netter for his eighth goal of the season.
  • Ilya Samsonov wasn’t called on much in the game but when he was he came up big and got his fourth shutout of his career. Hopefully that’s the confidence boost he needs going forward.

Up next for the Caps: a visit to Florida for a short but tough road trip taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers.