Capitals win another Wild affair

John Carlson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
John Carlson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The referees at the Washington Capitals game took away an Alex Ovechkin goal due to offsides but they couldn’t take away what would go on to be a 3-2 win in the shootout for the good guys.

After defeating the New Jersey Devils the other night, the Capitals tamed the Minnesota Wild at Capital One Arena.

Marco Rossi got the scoring started for the visitors at 2:17. Tom Wilson tied it while the Caps were shorthanded at 9:49 for his first goal of the season. It came on a snipe from the right face off circle in transition and it was assisted by Connor McMichael and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Dylan Strome added a power play goal at 17:14 for his fifth goal of the season which leads the Capitals. It was also his fifth goal in his last four games. It was set up by Ovechkin in front of the net and it was wide open as Marc Andre Fleury couldn’t switch in time. Evgeny Kuznetsov had the secondary assist.

The Caps were outshot 13-8 in the first period but led 2-1 after one. The Wild tied it in the second period at 1:16 from Ryan Hartman. The Wild led in shots 8-6 in the second period while the Caps outshot the Wild 18-15 in the third period.

Nobody scored in the third as the game required overtime. The Wild outshot the Caps 5-1 in the three on three and 41-33 overall. Nobody scored in three on three play and the game would require a shootout.

After six rounds nobody scored. Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Strome, Ovechkin, and Sonny Milano all missed. Darcy Kuemper stopped Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek, Hartman, Marcus Johansson, and Rossi.

John Carlson finally broke through for the Caps. Then on the other end Kuemper sealed the game by stopping Pat Maroon.

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The Capitals are back in action tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. at Capital One Arena as they host the San Jose Sharks.