On the second night of a back-to-back, Philipp Grubauer was in net for the Washington Capitals. This was also the last home game of the season for the Arizona Coyotes. The Capitals did not play terrible in this game, even if the final score did not reflect that.
First Period: Chances
The Coyotes, after officially being eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday, came out speeding and shooting at Grubauer. The Capitals had a mostly forgettable start to the game but got their skating legs a few minutes into the game. Andre Burakovsky and Daniel Winnik had some of the better chances for the Caps during the first. The teams were scoreless at the end of the period.
Second Period: Goalie show
Nate Schmidt and Max Domi, son of former NHL player Tie Domi, dropped the gloves early in the period. Just before halfway, goaltender Mike Smith made a great glove save on Alex Ovechkin. Philipp Grubauer made some great saves preventing the Coyotes from scoring the first goal. Both goaltenders were solid in their respective nets. The game became more physical as it went on. In the final minutes of the second period, Jordan Martinook was sent to the box after he forcefully took down Burakovsky in the corner. The teams remained scoreless after two periods of hockey.
Third Period: Weird Bounces
The Capitals started the period on the power play (carry over from the second) but could not convert. Less than five minutes in, Jason Chimera went into the boards awkwardly but he returned to the game shortly after. Coyotes captain Shane Doan opened the scoring with his 27th of the season. 27 seconds later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson doubled the Coyotes lead. Both goals were weird and bad bounces for Grubauer and the Caps. In the final 10 minutes of the period, the Capitals had some great chances to get on the board but they had no luck (three hit posts did not help much). Brad Richardson added his 10th of the season and that was back-breaker for the Caps. The final score was 3-0 Coyotes but it was not a bad game for the Capitals.
Practice: The Capitals practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday at 10:30am
Game: The New York Islanders visit the Verizon Center for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday at 7pm.