Caps Third Line Secures Victory over Blues: Analysis by Ashley Reid

THIRD LINE’S A CHARM

The Washington Capitals headed to Kansas City to visit the St. Louis Blues on the back end of a home and home. This is the fifth preseason game for the Caps. Philip Grubauer was the man between the pipes. After splitting game time with Braden Holtby last game, Grubi got the whole 60 minutes on Wednesday night. Jake Allen was in the net for the Blues.

As we inch closer and closer to the home opener, the Caps still have a few more cuts to make before they finalize the regular season roster, so expect to see more of the young guys out there, fighting for a roster spot.

Period 1- Old Friends, New Team  

sab-oshie T.J Oshie drew first blood against his former team. Oshie’s goal got the Caps on the board first with a goal a few minutes into the first period. This was Oshie’s first goal of the preseason. The Blues tied it up with a goal from Vlad Tarasenko, who was playing his first game of the preseason. Christian Thomas* gave the Caps the lead again with a few minutes left in the first. TJ Oshie’s first goal was assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov; Tarasenko was assisted by Lehtera; and Christian Thomas, assisted by Dan Winnick. The period ended with the Caps up, 2-1

Period 2- Dominant Offense

It was a chippy beginning to period 2 with quite a few whistles being blown. Only one penalty was called though. Zach Sanford got caught tripping but the Caps killed the penalty successfully. Grubi did not see much action in the second 20 minutes of the game either. However, there was no need. The Caps offense took over and dominated the second period. Oshie netted another goal, assisted by Jay Beagle that increased the Caps lead. Alex Ovechkin had a good chance on a breakaway but could not convert. The Caps lead in shots 21-10. These boys came to play tonight! The good guys up, 3-1!

Period 3- Christian Who?

Caps were on the power play early in the third when the Blues Jay Bouwmeester  was called for interference. However, the Caps could not get another one past Allen. With about 12 minutes left in the game, and another great feed from Dan Winnick, Christian Thomas scored his second goal of the game and gave the Caps a three goal cushion against St. Louis. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, the Blues got one past Grubi. However, it was too late to mount a comeback. The Caps take this one 4-2.

FINAL SCORE: 4-2, CAPS WIN!!

The Caps next preseason game is on Friday night, October 7th at 7pm. It will be at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC against the Carolina Hurricanes.

* Forward Christian Thomas was signed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Caps in July 2016.

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