Tuesday in Newark with the Capitals and Devils. FiCP was there to bring some live coverage of the game.
The Capitals charged forward to secure another win. The Devils initially seemed to know how to play the Caps, probably knocking them a little off balance with a last-second goal at the end of the first period. By the second period the Capitals had improved their shooting and scoring power as they took a strong lead against the Devils. End of the third period and the Capitals would be successful securing the win! The Caps have now taken three of the four matches against the Devils.
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It was oh so sweet to see Andre Burakovsky scoring again. He has had a rough season but Tuesday night he was the first to score for the Caps. Assisted by Nic Dowd and Brett Connolly it was Burky’s 12th goal of the 2018/19 season, which tied his stats for the previous two seasons. The Caps failed to score on their first power play opportunity after Dowd was cross-checked by Kurtis Gabriel. With :01.0 left in the period, The Devils would tie it up on a “lucky bounce” by Jersey native Kevin Agostino. 1-1
Overall, it was a low-shooting period for both teams. The Caps defense stepped it up with three of the four shots on goal. NJ had seven SOG.
Neither team was putting a lot of energy into the game when they returned to the second period. Finally, Brett Connolly scored his 20th goal of the season on a pass from Carl Hagelin and Christian Djoos, who rejoined the team Tuesday. 2-1 Caps lead. The boys in red killed off a Devils PP after Lars Eller ‘inadvertently’ slashed Steven Santini. A few more minutes slipped by and with a pass from Jakub Vrana, Evgeny Kuznetsov flicked the puck past goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to make it 3-1. One more goal and Kuzy will join the Capitals expanding 20-goal club. Before fans could catch their breath, Tom Wilson, assisted by superstars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, made it 4-1. This gives Backy 50 assists, his ninth season with as many or more.
The Capitals seemed to figure out how to increase their SOG in the second period raising the tally by nine and easily scoring on the Devils. The Devils meanwhile dropped to five SOG for the period.
The third started off with a tilt toward the Devils as Michal Kempny put the NJ boys on the PP. The Caps pulled out the defense and kept the Devils from getting a goal through. The Caps saved their energy in the final period- smoothly moving the puck around and keeping it off the sticks of the Devils. The Caps ended the period with another nine SOG as did the Devils.
Final: 4-1 Capitals
Pheonix Copley continued to show his growth as the back-up goalie with 20 saves. He is just what the Caps need as they count down the games to the playoffs and maybe rest Braden Holtby a bit.
The Caps return to DC for four home games, starting with a rematch against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Let’s hope they have a chance to rest up their legs and come out hard against the Bolts. Stay tuned to see if Alex Ovechkin hits 50 goals at home this week!!!!