Team Effort Leads Washington Capitals to 4-1 Victory Over Canucks

A sixty-minute team effort gave the Washington Capitals their 33rd win of the season in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. 

29 saves from Braden Holtby, three points (two goals) from Evgeny Kuznetsov, and a very active Caps d-corps was more than enough to give the Washington Capitals a 4-1 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

It was the pregame ceremony, however, that was the best moment of the night for Alex Ovechkin and the boys in red. Following a humbling video presentation featuring many of the NHL’s all time greats including Brett Hull, Phil Esposito, and Wayne Gretzky, the Washington Capitals presented Ovechkin with a golden stick honoring the captain on his 500th career goal.

After a scoreless but exciting first period, Dmitry Orlov won a neutral zone puck battle and found fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov who deked Canucks goalie Ryan Miller to score the game’s first goal. Six minutes later, Karl Alzner blasted home his third goal of the season to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams picked up assists on the goal.

Just 1:37 into the third period, Kuznetsov made another one of his signature passes from behind the net to Tom Wilson for his fourth goal of the season. Burakovsky picked up his second assist on the goal.

It appeared as if Braden Holtby was on his way to his third shutout of the season, but a late two-man advantage gave the Canucks a chance to get back in the game. Radim Vrbata took advantage and cut the Capitals lead to two.

From there Holtby shut the door, and Kuznetsov added an empty net goal to give the Caps a 4-1 win. The win extended the Capitals NHL lead to seven points, and Metropolitan Division lead to 16 points.

It was a relatively dominant effort all around, and shows just how good this team is when the defense is active and all four lines are creating chances.