Caps beat Kraken 5-2 as Sheary scores twice

The Washington Capitals took down the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night, extending their winning streak to a haughty two games. Washington didn’t look as dominant as it did against Carolina the other day, but they made the power play work, and that’s worth a lot.

Tom Wilson got us started, scoring with a great move into the crease with Ovechkin. A one-timer from Dmitry Orlov made it 2-0, but Seattle went on the scoreboard when Joonas Donskoi exploited a lucky rebound late in the first period.

Early in the second, Colin Blackwell tied the game as Washington’s defensive coverage made it easy for him. Conor Sheary’s hard work in the paint earned him a power-play goal and restored Washington’s lead, which Ovechkin extended in the third period with another Ovi Spot power-play goal. Sheary carried in an empty net.

Caps win.

  • Our friend Fatou was at the game, and she called her shot.
  • And before long, Thomas Wilson fired that maneuver for his 18th goal of the season. He kind of dove through the paint while getting the shot. A very good season for him.
  • Pumping the brakes for a while: Washington was unable to repeat its five-on-five success from Carolina’s game. Seattle took 70% of attempts in the first half and 60% in the second. They had like a 10-minute shooting lull in the third period 🐢. But at least the dashboard cooperated.
  • Replacing the other Swede with fine hair, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby got a bunch of escaped looks in this one. Like Carl Hagelin, he was unable to convert them.
  • At the other end of the microstat sheet, Martin Fehervary had another bad night, exceeded twenty-five. It was pretty brutal for almost two months.
  • With his Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot, Alex Ovechkin is now two goals behind Jaromir Jagr. Kraken keeper Chris Driedger has become the 154th Guardian to give Ovechkin a goal.
  • Ian noted that Ovechkin traded sticks last game. At some point during it, we think he backtracked.

I think it was a fun game, but I wasn’t really encouraged by the Caps’ even-strength play. Seattle’s team just isn’t good, but Washington let them dictate the pace of the game.

Anyway. The Capitals now head to the thawing north for a road series against Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. I expect we will soon hear boos for Ovechkin. Beat anything.

Main photo: Fatou!

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