The Washington Capitals lost at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2, a close game that had many possibilities that could’ve went either way. One of the main highlights was the debut of Hershey Bears star defenseman Christian Djoos, who replaced Taylor Chorney in the lineup on the third defense pair. He made an immediate impact in his first game with the Capitals.
Djoos scored himself a two point night, tallying a goal and an assist all in the second period. His goal was a one timer off a finessed-feed from Lars Eller. It was an ideal goal for a defenseman because that is generally the area in which defensemen will lurk while in the offensive zone, especially during a cycle. Djoos was the primary assist for the second goal, which was a slick feed across the crease to Alex Ovechkin to beat Pittsburgh’s net minder Matt Murray. Ovechkin tallied his 8th goal of the season and currently leads the NHL in that department.
Djoos was the biggest impact on the Capitals’ roster last night with the proven two points. Personally, he needs to be in the lineup every night. Whether it be with Carlson or Ness(or whom ever would be on the right side on the third pair), he brings that two-way defensive game to the ice. With him being young, he can continue to blossom and be mentored by the veteran defenseman such as Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. If he continues to become a success story, I think they should do the same thing with Madison Bowey. We will just have to see what GM Brian MacLellan and HC Barry Trotz want to do with the defense competition, and trust that they make the right moves to create a blue line to be feared across the NHL.