Capitals beat Sabers 4-3 (SO)

The Washington Capitals traveled to Buffalo to take on the lowly Sabers after losing two in a row at home in regulation. Could the Caps right the ship or would the Sabers win their fourth in a row?

Anthony Mantha opened the scoring with a nice tic-tac-goal. Jeff Skinner responded later in the first with a backhand strike to tie things up. Nick Jensen restored the Caps’ lead with a scratched wrist past Dustin Tokarski.

Jeff Skinner grabbed his second goal of the night to equalize once more and Victor Olofsson slid one home to give his side their first lead. Alex Ovechkin absolutely slammed home a draw on a faceoff.

Nada in overtime, so here’s your shootout bullets.

  • Thompson put the cookie in the basket
  • Backstrom did NOT put the cookie in the basket
  • Mittelstadt did NOT put the biscuit in the basket
  • Kuznetsov put the cookie in the basket
  • Tuch did NOT put the cookie in the basket
  • Ovechkin put the cookie in the basket

The Capitals beat the Sabers 4-3!

  • The Sabers fell short in the first period and the Caps didn’t really take advantage of it. You probably want a save from Samsonov on this backhand, but he got thrown around a bit. The Caps had five five-on-five high danger chances in the first 20 minutes and the Sabers had a grand total of zero.
  • I just realized the Caps have about a million ex-Sabers on this list. Conor Sheary, Marcus Johansson, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (lol), Matt Irwin and Johan Larsson have all spent time with Buffalo in the past.
  • Can we talk about how Jeff Skinner chose Party in the USA as its goal? When is someone going to blast The Climb after scoring now? This song was released 13 years ago by the way.
  • I thought the Caps were still good in the second…outside of a five-minute streak that saw Buffalo score twice. The Sabers all had 13 shots after forty minutes. Samsonov was excellent on this breakaway from Skinner, but then was very slippery a few minutes later when Skinner beat him again. The duality of Sam.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 41st goal of the season and 771st of his career with a single flare right after a face-off. That matchup was won by Yevgeny Kuznetsov who extended his points streak to 11 games with the assist. Caps PR says only ten players this season have had a point streak of at least 11 games. The revival of Kuzy in full force.
  • Connor McMichael didn’t follow his man to the red line and it cost the Caps a goal. He was then quickly benched for the rest of the period which I guess was ‘deserved’ but at the same time it would be nice if a young player who has been playing extremely well lately got the chance to play. get his error back.
  • FOCO honors Nicklas Backstrom with a bobblehead boosted to 1000 points. Check out Ian’s post on how to secure yours as they are about to sell out this weekend.
  • A solid third overall, but again, I wasn’t a fan of the handful of chaotic changes that can turn a good period into a bad one very quickly. Ovi was playing goalie at one point.
  • What a crazy overtime period. It was fun to watch.
  • The Saint Peter’s Peacocks move to the Elite Eight! The first 15 seeds to do so.

The Caps play at home tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils and before the game they will honor Nicklas Backstrom for his 1,000th assist!

Title photo courtesy of @real_jon_c/Twitter

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