The Capitals/Canucks game was a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. The Canucks jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second period, led by two goals from fourth-liner Tim Schaller. The Capitals scored a goal with less than a second left in the second period, which at that point the boy went to bed happy thinking the Canucks would still hold on for a victory. Not quite, as the Capitals stormed back to tie the game at 5, led by two goals from Michal Kempny. The Capitals would eventually win 6-5 in the shootout.
This was a game in which the Capitals did not receive a single point from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, or even NHL leading scorer John Carlson (whose nine-game point streak was snapped). Thanks to the efforts of Carlson and others, the Capitals have the highest goal total (49) of any team at the moment.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the Capitals’ first two goals while firing a team-high seven shots on goal.
More than anyone else, Jacob Markstrom would probably like to have this one back. In spite of the score appearing that the Capitals put extreme pressure on the Canucks in the third period, they only took seven shots on goal.
After Thatcher Demko held the fort extremely well for the week that Markstrom was on personal leave, Markstrom was given three consecutive starts. That may have been deserved based on Markstrom’s play alone, as he had not allowed more than three goals in any of his six previous starts. It seems as though Travis Green defaults to Marky, although Green may want to examine further what he has in Demko.
Markstrom is in a contract year, and the decision the Canucks are facing with his next contract won’t just