The Canucks beat the Caps 4-2, but Ovi scored
The Washington Capitals lost to the Vancouver Canucks in a mixed game on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot, but then Elias Pettersen scored twice (once on the power play, once on even play) to give Vancouver control. A power-play goal late in the second period by Bo Horvat made it 3-1 early in the third period.
The Caps converted their second (!!!) power play of the day early in the third with Tom Wilson at middleman. A penalty of too many men late in the game somehow stifled Washington’s comeback offer. The Canucks got an empty net and that was it.
- The Vancouver Canucks dominated the game overall. They doubled Washington on five attempts to five in the first period, and they seemed to have plenty of second and third chances on their attacks. The Caps got better as they got more desperate, but it wasn’t one of their best even-strength outings.
- With John Carlson on COVID Protocol, justin schultz acted as installation man for Alex Ovechkin on the power play. Schultz gave Ovechkin two good looks before Ovechkin sank the third. Whether it’s Schultz knowing the mission or if it’s just the Canucks who are the worst PK team in the league, I’ll let you decide.
- With Wilson’s PPG in the third period, the Caps converted two power plays in one game for the first time since Oct. 27.
- Power play coach Blaine Forsythe was also on COVID protocol.
— Lachlan Irvine (@LachInTheCrease) January 16, 2022
- Before the game, I rambled on the RMNB Discord to defend the Hagelin-Dowd-Hathaway line. Of course, they stank today. Dowd was dominated on the face-off point, Garnet Hathaway committed a costly penalty, then a very dumb one, and Hagelin was fine, but I’m sure you Goblins will bring up the one rushing attempt he didn’t score on, so yeah, okay. I wonder if Hathaway could deal with some extra discipline for the overhead elbow.
- I’ve been exhausted from the keeper wheel since last April and it keeps spinning. After Vanecek’s shutout, Samsonov left a little to be desired, although I don’t want to overlook how badly the Bruce Canucks challenged him. It was a much tougher goalie game than the Islanders’ Saturday outing.
— good_tweet_pete.eth (@peterhassett) January 16, 2022
So it’s not a great game, but we got a goal from Ovi.
The Winnipeg Jets are coming to town on Tuesday, I heard. I was skeptical of this game being made, but all signs point to a Nate Schmidt reunion. He’s with the Jets, right? And hopefully they have been isolated from COVID due to lack of parks. See you later.
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