This was the last regular season game for the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks. Goaltenders Philipp Grubauer and Frederik Andersen were in net for the Caps and Ducks respectively. The Ducks were playing for a Pacific Division title. In other news, Justin Williams hit the 1,000th game milestone so big congratulations to him!
First Period: Good Start
Each team had healthy scratched many of their top players; Captain Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Orpik and John Carlson sat out for the Caps. Jay Beagle did not play either and was listed as day-to-day with an injury sustained during the Blues game. Even though some of the key players were not in the lineup, it was not a boring first period. The teams traded some quality chances but Grubauer and Andersen allowed nothing. Michael Latta and Clayton Stoner dropped the gloves with 4:40 left in the first period. The teams were scoreless after the first period.
Second Period: Ducks Wake Up
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made some big saves early in the second period. But Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the second. Two minutes and two seconds later, Nick Ritchie doubled the Ducks lead with his second of the season. Halfway through the period, there was a parade of penalties as each team had a few power plays, no more goals were scored though. The Capitals trailed the Ducks 2-0 after two periods.
Third Period: Finish out the Season
The third period was not the fast paced hockey we are use to seeing from the Capitals. Andersen and the Ducks were able to keep the Capitals off the board. The Capitals pulled Grubauer for the extra attacker with 1:30 left in regulation. Even though the Capitals lost 2-0 they outshot the Ducks 24-21. It was unfortunate that the Capitals got shutout in the final regular season game but this game did not have much meaning to the Caps. Now, the Capitals will now look to their round one opponent in Philadelphia.
What’s Next? (Playoffs!)
Practice: Day off on Monday and practices on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Playoffs Begin:Game one is on Thursday at 7pm on CSN/NBCSN at the Verizon Center. The Capitals and Flyers will be a physical entertaining series, that is for sure.