Washington Capitals 3 stars of the game.
We’re back with our three stars of the week or in this case, game here at Stars and Sticks. It was a pretty awful start to the game vs the Lightning if we’re going to be honest here. Halfway through the game the Washington Capitals were getting out shot attempted by fourteen. They could not deal with the pressure the Lightning were bringing on the forecheck and they found themselves down 0-2.
Then T.J. Oshie got into a fight with Yanni Gourde and things seemed to turn around after that. The game ended 2-2 (through regulation and 3 on 3 overtime) and they trailed the Lightning in shot attempts by just one.
It was still all in vain however, the Capitals fell in a shootout and lost the game 3-2. Plenty to not like, but still plenty to like in the game. But, we’re not here to discuss the team as a whole, we’re here to point out who we think were the best players on the team for the game.
I’ll say this now to get it out of the way, there are not too many players with pretty fancy stats. When we give out the stars for this game, we’re not handing them out for that reason. This will be an eye test kind of game.
Alex Ovechkin was one of the worst Capitals in the advanced stats department. In fact, in terms of shot attempts he was the worst. He finished with a 41.67% Corsi rating. While on the ice the team had 3 chances for and 4 against. Not quite stars of the night quality.
However, even when the team was struggling he was one of the few guys I noticed giving the team chances. Ovechkin could have easily, at least in my mind, had at least three goals in this game. He was just bested by the Tampa netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy.
He’ll have to settle with going home with a big ole goose egg on the score sheet but he still had the chances. He had 4 individual scoring chances, that was tied for the team lead with Lars Eller. He also tied for the team lead in hits with 6. Can you guess the two guys he tied with? It was Tom Wilson and Garnet Hathaway. If you successfully guessed those two guys, congratulations! That was an easy guess.
It wasn’t Ovechkin’s greatest game ever on the stats side of things. He was still one of the bright spots while the team was struggling and he could have had multiple goals and points. I think he’s worthy of a spot on our stars of the game.