Golden Knights beat Capitals 3-2 (OT)

The Washington Capitals returned home to Capital One Arena to play the back half of a straight game with a trip against the Vegas Golden Knights. Could the Caps clinch a hard-fought point in the standings or would they fail without a rest?

Marcus Johansson opened the scoring for the evening with a quick strike on the power play. Jack Eichel tied the game at the end of the first on the Vegas power play. Trevor van Riemsdyk opened the second frame with a shot from the point that made its way to a defender.

William Carried found the equalizer with about six minutes left in regulation time. Shea Theodore wins overtime.

The Golden Knights beat the Capitals 3-2.

  • I was not at all in love with the five-on-five zone entries in the first period. A lot of nothing and Vegas was turning retained possession into chances the other way. It didn’t turn into anything on the scoreboard, but you’d want to at least start the second half of a back to back on the front foot.
  • A really interesting wrinkle from the Caps on the power play saw them settle low in their normal formation but just tipped due to Marcus Johanssonlaterality while playing the bumper spot. Johansson overshot what could have been a confusing penalty in Vegas due to the change.
  • The Martin Fehervary and Reilly Smith The “hit” situation wasn’t even really a penalty in my book. Both players were off balance, moving very fast and colliding in a very scary way. It’s basically the game the NHL got rid of when non-contact clearance became a thing. Just really unfortunate and I think the matching miners were more than fair.
  • The second period was really, really, really good from the Caps. They limited Vegas to just about that big save Charlie Lindgren had to make on a netfront bang-bang play and otherwise had the puck in the offensive zone a ton. They’ve had a few games in a row now with periods like this where they seem to be putting things together on a system level.
  • A negative point that we must address is Beck Malenstyn like him left the game after blocking a shot with what the team called an upper body injury and did not return. They’re dropping like flies right now, folks.
  • Really nice to see Trevor Van Riemsdyk rewarded with a nice bounce. His leap into a bigger role is something I’ve wanted to see for a long time now. I really think he can play in the first four minutes of the NHL and play them very well.
  • I want to see more Aliaksei Protas. Give the child more ice time. He had a rush in the second where he basically took the center role on a breakout and drove all the way down the ice himself to eventually force an offensive zone draw. Impressive.s
  • The Caps tortured themselves in the third and it cost them. Assistant Coach Scott Allen basically preached the turtle during his bench talk and I knew trouble was coming.
  • Caps had an all russian threesome wearing letters on their jerseys tonight in what could be an NHL first. The three being obviously captain Alex Ovechkin and his good friends Dmitry Orlov and Yevgeny Kuznetsov wear the A’s.
  • Charlie Lindgren was great again. Typical of Caps goalkeepers this season.

The Caps have the day off tomorrow and will then be back on the road for a date in Detroit against the Red Wings on Thursday.

Main photo via @kereag/Twitter

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