In perhaps the most anticipated regular season game in recent memory Washington walked though New York Justice on their way to a 4 to 2 win.
Here’s Wednesday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: In T.J. Oshie’s first game since the passing of his father Tim, Oshie recorded a hat trick while he and teammates wore COACH (Tim’s moniker) helmet decals.
Minus: Pavel Buchnevich.
Twelve more notes on the game:
- Zero seconds into the contest Nic Dowd, Carl Hagelin, and Garnet Hathaway squared up with Kevin Rooney, Colin Blackwell, and Phillip De Giuseppe respectively in a largely performative act.
- Less than a minute later Brendan Smith tried to take Tom Wilson to task after the latter moved the puck. Wilson was neither tagged nor toppled and earned the Capitals a power play opportunity in the process.
- Two more fights completed the first period’s fisticuffs (Michael Raffl, Lars Eller, Anthony Bitetto, and Ryan Strome) and a century of penalty minutes.
- Tom Wilson would not return to the game (upper body injury) after being sent to the locker room for a ten minute misconduct penalty late in the frame.
- Oshie started the scoring twelve seconds into the second period, netting his 19th of the season with a sharp and heavy shot from the right wing.
- Buchnevich drew a minor penalty before imploding on Anthony Mantha in his own zone, cross checking the Capitals forward in the face upon confrontation. A major penalty was confirmed after brief review.
- And on the resulting power play Oshie picked up his twentieth goal, slapping home a loose puck from the slot.
- Dowd extended Washington’s lead to three just six minutes later by deflecting a John Carlson point shot under and through Alexandar Georgiev.
- 75 seconds into the third Alexis Lafreniere finished off a nice passing play to put the Rangers on the scoreboard.
- Oshie completed the hat trick with one hundred seconds to play courtesy of an empty net goal. Zero doubts that Coach was watching and smiling.
- New York forward Morgan Barron completed the contest’s scoring at 58:44.
- Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves in the victory, his twentieth of the season.