Pheonix Copley Gets His First NHL Win as Caps Defeat Flames in Shootout

The Capitals continued their four-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday afternoon looking to rebound from their loss to Edmonton on Thursday. This was a back-and-fourth contest that ultimately saw the Caps come out on top 4-3 in the shootout thanks to Nicklas Backstrom going top shelf. The win would seal Pheonix Copley‘s first NHL win as the former Hershey Bears standout made 27 saves. 

Jakub Vrana put the Caps in front at 9:28 in the first with his third goal of the season as Evgeny Kuznetsov capitalized off a Flames miscue.

At 14:27, T.J. Oshie had a no-look pass to Alex Ovechkin. As the puck went off the pads of Flames goaltender Mike Smith, Oshie was there to bang it home for his sixth goal of the season. Kuzy also was credited with the helper.

The Flames would tie it quickly with goals from Travis Hamonic and Elias Lindholm. In the middle stanza, Matt Niskanen put the Caps on front with a rocket for his second goal of the season.

The Caps hung on for most of the third but were unable to close out. Matthew Tkachuk tied it with 1:27 left. The game would head to overtime and after nobody scored it would head to a shootout.

Copley stopped Tkachuk while Oshie was stopped at the other end. The Flames jumped in front with a goal from Sean Monahan before Kuzy knotted things up. Copley once again stopped Tkachuk and then there was a pleasant surprise for the Caps third participant. Todd Reirden went with John Carlson who had one shootout goal his career. He didn’t score however.

The game would shortly be decided. Copley made a big save on Johnny Gaudreau, one of the Flames best players, then Nicky ended it.

Although there’s one more road game, the Caps took a detour back to Arlington since that game isn’t until Thursday. They practiced Sunday morning and will be off Monday. They’ll get back to work Tuesday and Wednesday before departing for Montreal.

Also… What’s cuter than this?!

Congrats Copley on your first NHL win! Here’s to many more

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