The Washington Capitals start their preseason with a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to third-period goals from Wilson and Roy.
The Washington Capitals have started their year off right with a 1-0 preseason win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals got two strong goaltending performances from Braden Holtby and Dan Ellis. The Caps got two third-period goals from Tom Wilson and Derek Roy to give them all the offense that they needed.
The Caps and Hurricanes started off sloppy. That’s to be expected since this was the first preseason game for both teams. Holtby was extremely solid in the first period, turning away some tough shots by the Canes. T.J. Oshie provided the highlight of the first period with a nice spin move. While he missed, Oshie certainly showed why the Capitals acquired him.
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The second period was much more open. The Caps got 18 shots on goal in the second period. However, Eddie Lack was impressive in his Hurricanes debut. He turned away each of the 22 shots on goal that he faced. Veteran Dan Ellis replaced Holtby midway through the second period. Holtby had 14 saves. Ellis had 12 saves to complete the combined shutout.
The third period went well for the Caps. They got a goal from Tom Wilson off a nice feed from Christian Djoos and Brooks Laich. They also got a goal from training camp invitee Derek Roy. Roy looked excellent tonight. I think he has a pretty good shot at making the Caps. Wilson was also very solid on the penalty kill as well. The Caps penalty kill didn’t allow Carolina to score on their two power play opportunities.
The overtime period didn’t go well for the Caps. Evgeny Kuznetsov made some nice moves and barely missed a shot high. The Canes were able to get up the ice quickly and blew one by Dan Ellis on a two-on-one. You can tell that three-on-three hockey is still a work in progress, but it should cut down on the number of shootouts.
Overall, a great game from the Caps. The Caps go at it again tomorrow when they face the Bruins in the second preseason game for both teams.