The Washington Capitals shutout the Calgary Flames on Black Friday at Capital One Arena with a 3-0 win to win their second straight. The Caps improve their record to 8-10-3 before going on the road for a bit.
At 7:56, Alex Ovechkin fed the puck to Erik Gustafsson who sauced a nice pass to T.J. Oshie for his first goal since the injury and his third goal of the season.
1-0 was the score after one with the Flames leading in shots 15-6.
In the second Evgeny Kuznetsov created his own breakaway by dekeing three defenders and scoring while falling down crashing the net for his third goal of the season. Oshie and Sonny Milano had the helpers.
2-0 was the score after two with the Caps leading in shots 13-6 in the second period.
In the third period on the power play Alex Ovechkin missed a shot from his office but got another chance and capitalized on it at 12:24 for his 11th goal of the season. Conor Sheary and Sonny Milano had the assists.
It was Ovechkin’s 791st of his career. He is now nine goals away from 800. He’s 10 away from Gordie Howe for second place all time and 103 away from Wayne Gretzky. After he scored he went to the glass to high five his son Sergei.
"“It’s always fun when your family here and watch you play. Obviously, to see him out there close to the ice, it was a special moment.”"
Darcy Kuemper got his second shutout of the season as he stopped all 32 shots he faced.
The Caps were outshot 11-6 in the third period and 32-25 overall. Overall it was offensive brilliance, defensive execution and solid goaltending from Kuemper that fueled the Caps to the win.
Washington now hits the road with their first stop in New Jersey to take on the red hot Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.