August 8, 2020

Washington Capitals Game 10 Recap: Caps win in OT on Kuznetsov goal

GRUBAUER MAKES 27 SAVES TO KEEP CAPS COMPETITIVE UNTIL OVERTIME

(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

After beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 at Verizon Center on Friday night, the Washington Capitals played their second game in as many days as they headed to Sunrise, Florida to take on the Florida Panthers.  In the first overtime game of the season, with 3-on-3, the Caps pulled off the road win with a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The action was sparse in the first period.  The Capitals were put on the penalty a minute and a half into the game when Jay Beagle was called for tripping, and had to kill another later when Karl Alzner was called for hooking.  Despite the Panthers having two man-advantages, they couldn’t get any shots past Philipp Grubauer.  It was scoreless at the end of the first period.

In the start of the second, the Caps were awarded a the power play when Alex Ovechkin drew a holding call from Erik Gudbranson, but couldn’t convert.  But right as the power play ended, Jussi Jokinen scored to put the Panthers up 1-0.  The Caps got another power play late in the period but came up empty and they were down 1-0 entering the third period.

Early in the third period the Caps evened the score. On a line featuring Beagle, Ovechkin and Justin Williams, Beagle scored from the right side of the net to tie the game, assisted by both list temporary linemates. The goal was reviewed for possible goaltender interference on Williams, but the goal stood. For Beagle, it was his second goal of the season. The Caps kept it together on the PK and Grubauer made some critical saves and the game headed to overtime.  It was the first overtime game this season for Washington.

The new rules for overtime consist of 3-on-3 hockey and and almost a minute and a half in, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to give the Caps the win. For the Caps it was their eighth win in their first 10 games.  The Capitals wrap up the month of October with an 8-2-0 record and look to continue their momentum into the second month of the season.

NEXT GAME: Tuesday at New York Rangers at 7 p.m.

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