Caps Defeat Rangers in OT Before Falling to the Panthers in a Shootout


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What a weird schedule. Back-to-backs, then a few days off. Repeat. This week the Caps had a more favorable scheudle with two games at Capital One Arena. First the Capitals hosted the New York Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey. Then on Friday, Washington hosted the winless Florida Panthers. 

Something about the Caps and Wednesday nights. Once again they took care of their home ice with an overtime win over the Rangers on Matt Niskanen’s rebound goal off an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot.

The Rangers took an early lead on a goal by Mika Zibanejad before John Carlson tied it up.

In the second, Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play…Twice. Both times Carlson fed him the puck and Ovi let off his wicked shot from the office. The first one was a fadeaway. Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers and the Caps entered the final period up 3-2.

In the third, the Blueshirts tied it on a goal from Chris Kreider. Then it was Nisky’s heroics that sent the fans home happy.

On Friday night, the Capitals fell to the Panthers 6-5 in a shootout. So much scoring took place! The visitors got in front 4-1 in the first period, the lone Caps goal coming from John Carlson. Braden Holtby would be pulled from the game. Holtby stopped seven of the 11 shots he faced. Enter Pheonix Copley, who came in for relief.

Then in the middle stanza, the scoring barrage commenced! Brett Connolly struck first 1:48 in for his first tally of the season.

Then Jakub Vrana, the snake, slithered in to score his first goal since game two in Pittsburgh.

DSP tied the game. That is goal number one for Devante Smith-Pelly. Remember his last goal? Yup that was a game-tying one too.

Then it was the opposition who had to switch goaltenders. Out came James Reimer. In came Michael Hutchinson.

The Panthers got back in front with a goal by Jonathan Huberdeau which put the Caps in a plight entering the third trailing 5-4. Then Nicklas Backstrom came up clutch with a goal with 1:25 left to tie the game! It would force overtime, to give the Capitals at least a point on the night.

Nobody scored in overtime which meant we would get a skillz shootout competition.

In the shootout, T.J. Oshie scored and the Panthers responded thanks to Alexsander Barkov. Evgeny Kuznetsov put the Caps in front.

Then Nick Bjugstad missed, Ovechkin failed to end the game and the vistors responded with a goal from Vincent Trocheck. Backstrom missed and Florida won the game with a game-winner from Jonathan Huberdeau. Copley stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced. He will get his first Caps win soon enough.

The Caps now embark on a road trip that’ll begin in western Canada. First up is the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Puck drop over on the east coast is at 10 p.m. The road trip will continue in Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal.

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