The Washington Capitals brought everything they had to Capital One Arena Monday night for a strong win against the San Jose Sharks. In the process, they beat goalie Martin Jones on whom they had never scored on home ice. And they made it look easy.
Devante Smith-Pelly got the Caps on the board first, followed by an unassisted Alex Ovechkin goal. Brett Connolly, who keeps surprising fans, was up next. And Jakub Vrana sealed it all up with his eighth goal of the season.
Beyond the 4-1 win, it was an eventful night.
Travis Boyd was called up from Hershey for his first NHL game. He only got one shot off, but he looked pretty good in the 9:10 minutes he played.
As the Capitals reported: “Ovechkin recorded his 578th goal in his 949th career game, 700 fewer games than Mark Recchi (1,649).Ovechkin recorded his 578th goal in his 949th career game, 700 fewer games than Mark Recchi (1,649).”
TJ Oshie was butt-checked by Joe Thornton and had to leave the game in the second period.
The Thornton hit on Oshie. pic.twitter.com/RtVV6W2dWG
— StopThrowingHats (@stopthehats) December 5, 2017
Tom Wilson evened the score with a delish takedown of Thornton in the third period.
Even Brooks Orpik got in on the fun!
Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly continue to step it up with effortless goals. Vrana really could have a great future with the Caps is they nurture his talent.
Grubauer made some great saves and ended the night with a total of 24, only letting one get past him.
And finally- Evgeny Kuznetsov captured the hockey world again when Connolly missed seeing Kuzy’s fist bump after he assisted in the goal. Kuzy, who has a way of doing things, just went ahead and bumped himself. We really do love this Russian!
why did he have to hang Kuzy out to dry like that on the fist bump? 😂 pic.twitter.com/cZOMk5sNOz
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 5, 2017
Caps fans left the arena feeling pretty good about things. Next up is getting Andre Burakovsky back to meet the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Photos by Mel Abernethy