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For the second game straight, the Capitals have won by 5-0. After Sunday’s game against the Kings, now in an intra-divisional duel, the Capitals hosted the Carolina Hurricanes, the team with the best penalty kill in the league. Both teams tried to input their rhythm, with some good chances. The Canes’ PK was put to the test and they saw the Caps open 1-0 with Alex Ovechkin scoring his usual PPG with an one-timer from Ovi-Spot, in the initial half of the 1st period. During the second half, Brett Connolly putted the Caps up by 2-0. The goal was challenged, but after video review, the referee confirmed that was a good goal. In the end of the first, the Caps have scored two goals in just five shots and kept it’s reputation as the team with less goals allowed in the league.
In the second period: no goals, The Hurricanes had their first power play, but the Capitals were able to manage and kill it. A few moments later, Ovechkin gave a saucer pass to Schmidt, but the goalie was on his way. The Caps anticiapted the counterattacks, creating some good scoring opportunities. The Hurricanes had their chances as well, but the defensive office could handle with it: Caps’ D-men have done their work very well intercepting and checking and Holtbeast stopped them when it was necessary. The D-men also helped the team when it was attacking, keeping the puck’s possession also in the offensive zone. At the end of the second period, Carolina had its second power play in the game and period, but it was killed by the Caps again. So, Caps 2-0 after two.
In the beginning of the third, the Caps had their third successful penalty kill in the game. After that, Washington woke up, with two goals. Lars Eller scored and, a few seconds later, Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 4-0 in DC. In the final minutes, Marcus “MoJo” Johansson capitalized a PP to make it Caps 5-0, another crushing victory in Washington and with a shutout once more.
Once more, the bottom lines are doing a great job, so is the defensive office. Washington has 10 forwards with at least 10 goals. Also, just like last game, 11 Caps had at least one point. Both Connolly and Eller scored for the second game in a row. And talking about “second in a row”, the Caps won again with a shutout, now with Braden Holtby and last Sunday, the Caps have won the Kings also by 5-0 with Philipp Grubauer as the goalie. The Caps have scored five or more goals on nine straight home games, with two of them against the Hurricanes and the Caps have won the other one by 6-1 at Jan. 23.
Up next are the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at 7 pm.