Washington Defeats Detroit: Grubi Rules

The Capitals needed a full team effort tonight. We thought they would come out really strong. The first two periods dragged on and on. It took a couple periods to bring it with Brett Connolly finally getting the Caps on the board. And eventually most players had a shot or block to get the win.

Thank goodness the PK was strong! The Caps killed off two penalties in both the first and second periods and thankfully had none in the third.We started with these lines for tonight’s game:

Ovechkin Backstrom Wilson

Burakovsky Eller Oshie

Connolly Boyd Vrana

Stephenson Beagle DSP

Kempny Carlson

Orlov. Niskanen

Orpik Djoos

Grubauer

While we were watching:

John Carlson played in his 600th career NHL game tonight and is having his best season ever!

The first period was less than thrilling. The teams were pretty evenly matched except for an almost goal by the Red Wings. Trotz challenged and won. We thought the Caps would come out stronger and score rapidly, but it was not to be. Big zero for both teams at the end of period.

Here are the first period stats:

Second period wasn’t any better for either team as both remained scoreless in the end. The Caps had two penalties while the Wings stayed out of the box.

Finally in the third period Brett Connolly broke the ice with a wrist shot into the net. 1-0 Caps. Grubauer held strong. The Red Wings failed to score.

Great Shutout for Grubi!

Analysis:

Christian Djoos continues to improve his play. He is steady at blocking.

Ovi is still six away from 50 Goals. Almost to 1,000 games in the NHL with the Caps- five more after this.

Orlov still needs one more point to make it 30.

Backstrom is still one goal away from 20, two from 40 Assists, and three from 60 points!

The Caps won this one and now need a second for a two- or even three-in-a-row away series!

They can’t play this way in the next two games. They are still on top of the Metro, but at this point there needs to be greater consistency. Seems like every year we say the same thing. Oshie needs to hear that message.

And thanks HockeyKot – you rock! And you should join our team…

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