The Washington Capitals played three games last week, going 2-1. Washington is now 10-3-0 with 20 points and sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division, trailing the New York Rangers by two points.
Rangers 5 Capitals 3 (November 3rd)
The Capitals outshot the Rangers, but that wasn’t enough as the Rangers took over first place in the division. New York took a 1-0 lead in first period before Alexander Ovechkin knotted the game up with his 6th goal of the season. New York would take a 2-1 lead just two minutes later heading into the next period of play. The Rangers scored two goals, five minutes apart to take a 4-1 lead in the second period. Marcus Johansson scored his third goal of the year to cut the deficit in half at the end of the period. The Caps outshot the Rangers 14-3 in that period, but only had one goal to show for it. The Rangers scored one more goal for good measure in the third to end the scoring en route to a 5-2 victory. The Caps would have had more shots on goal had it not been for 20 blocks from New York defensemen. Henrik Lundqvist made 32/34 saves while Braden Holtby stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced.
Capitals 4 Boston Bruins 1 (November 5th)
Washington bounced back with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at home. Ovechkin once again tied the game up after his team trailed 1-0, his seventh goal of the year. The Caps scored twice in the second when Brooks Laich (1) and John Carlson (3) scored three minutes apart. Karl Alzner added his first goal on an empty net in the fourth to close out the game. Holtby made 28 saves in the win.
Capitals 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 – Shootout (November 7th)
The Caps won their second consecutive game, this time in shootout fashion against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. For the third game in a row, Ovechkin bailed his team out and tied the game after a 1-0 deficit. That was his eighth goal of the season and with the goal, he tied Sergei Fedorov for most goals scored by a Russian-born player. He can break the record in Detroit on Tuesday night on none other than Sergei Fedorov Night. Ovechkin’s goal was on the power play, his first power play goal of the season. Toronto took back the lead midway through the third period before the theatrics came for the Caps. Nicklas Backstrom tickled the twine with 1.7 seconds left on the clock. Neither team was able to score in the extra five minute period. Ovechkin scored the lone shootout goal to give his team the victory. Holtby made 23 of 25 saves.
What’s next for the Capitals?
A two-game road trip against the Detroit Red Wings (November 10th) and Philadelphia Flyers (November 12th) before returning home for one game against the Calgary Flames the very next night.