Article by Renee Garces, Photos by Brittney Marcum
The night started with the debut of the Capitals bright new third jerseys and ended with another two points on the leader board. Michael Latta, with his second goal of the season, scored at the 14:06 mark of the first period, assisted by Dmitry Orlovand Taylor Chorney.
In the second period, John Carlson, with a nice pass from Justin Williams, blasted one past Andrew Hammond, doubling the Caps lead, 2-0. Michael Lattagets a secondary assist on the play—his first two-point night since December 18, 2014 in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. Latta was a fight away from a Gordie Howe hat trick but avoided getting drawn into any scrums.
During the third period, the Caps had some good scoring chances to build their lead. The Holtbeast was solid in net, as was Hammond for the Senators.
The fourth line of Laich-Latta-Burakovsky performed well. The third line of Chimera-Beagle-Wilson had a real nice shift as well in the period. Alex Ovechkin made Erik Karlsson look silly with an almost goal.
And then it happened. Close to the end of the period, Tom Wilson has an open-ice hit on Curtis Lazar. Wilson was ejected from the game with a match penalty. There are a couple of things to consider about this penalty: Wilson did not target the head or leave his skates and Willy is a larger player than Curtis Lazar. On the following power play, Sens right wing Bobby Ryan plays shutout spoiler and puts one past Holtby. In the end—the Capitals take the win 2-1.
Caps Daily Glass Bump: Practice Pictures and a Look Ahead
All photos by Brittney Marcum (bamitsBrittney93)
The Caps took morning skate at Kettler Ice Plex this morning while the Senators held an optional morning skate at Verizon. The boys were all smiles this morning at practice and gave Holtby a good workout blocking shots.
The Senators and Capitals both have had a couple of days off and both are coming into the match on a win high. Ottawa is hanging on to third place in the Atlantic Division while Washington has a two-point lead in the top spot for the Metropolitan Div.
Keep an eye on left wing Mike Hoffman(68) who leads the Sens in goals and put up two goals and an assist against the LA Kings on Monday. Defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) always brings a high intensity to the game and holds the teams highest assist stat and is in second place overall in the league. Coach Trotz specifically called out Karlsson as one they have to manage.
Andrew Hammond (The Hamburglar) returns to the Sens as the netminder tonight and he will need to be on his game as the Caps look to launch a strong offense to keep their top spot. Hammond has been out for over a month having suffered a concussion.
What to Watch for Tonight:
Changes to the fourth line: Michael Latta(46) is back in the lineup and Stan Galiev is out. Andre Burakovsky(65) and Brooks Laich (21) will round out the line.
Nicklas Backstrom (19) is one point shy of an NHL career 600.
After this game, Jason Chimera(25) will be one game away from a career 900 games.
Braden Holtby (70): All eyes in the league will be on him as talk of the Hart Trophy builds steam.
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