September 21, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 25 Recap: Caps and Holtby win streaks end as Caps fall to Jets in OT

GAMES ENDS ON CONTROVERSIAL OVERTIME GOAL AFTER LENGTHY REVIEW

(Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Mark Scheifele scored with 19.9 seconds left in overtime — but not before an almost interminable review of a potential offsides play — and the Winnipeg Jets ended the Washington Capitals six-game winning streak 2-1 at the MTS Center in Winnipeg.

Caps head coach Barry Trotz asked for the review, hoping that Jacob Trouba would be ruled offsides before receiving an entry pass from Blake Wheeler as time was winding down. But after several minutes of the referees huddled around a tablet computer at the scorer’s desk, the play was ruled inconclusive and allowed to stand.

Long before that, it was Braden Holtby, once again, saving the Caps’ (Canadian) bacon.

Three minors (including a five-on-three) killed, eight power play saves,  one power play goal allowed and 16 shots stopped — and that was just Holtby and the Caps’ first period.

The Jets scored with just seconds remaining in the frame on their fourth power play attempt, thanks in large part to the officials’ decision to assess a four-minute roughing penalty against Tom Wilson (instead of the two minutes they gave his sparring partner, Mark Stuart, that left Barry Trotz visibly frustrated on the bench.

Highlight of the night goes to Holtby yet again. In the middle of the second Jets power play opportunity of the first period, Holtby blocked a shot, went full body to the ice to stop a rebound, then kick saved a second rebound opportunity out from just in front of the goal line all within a mere five seconds.

Wilson got under the Jets’ skin in the second. With six minutes left, Wilson drew a roughing call against Anthony Peluso. The Caps quickly made the Jets pay, with Nicklas Backstrom skating a John Carlson pass into a clear shooting lane and sniping a snapshot goal. The Caps went on the power play again just a few minutes later when Chris Thorburn took a retaliation swing at Wilson after a hard check, but the Caps could not take advantage of that opportunity.

Three periods wasn’t enough to decide this one, as regulation ended with Holtby stopping 33 of the 34 shots sent his way. This is the fourth time in four games the Caps have allowed 34 or more shots after not allowing such a total in the first 21 games.

Ovechkin took his shots, Evgeny Kuznetsov took his shots, even Jay Beagle took a nice one. But nothing was getting past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (38 saves) in the three-on-three overtime. The Caps held possession for nearly 4:30 of the overtime, but Winnipeg got the game winner on their first shot on a one-timer by Scheifele with 19.9 seconds left. The goal was upheld following a marathon review session that lasted longer than overtime itself. Stealing another point in Canada, the Caps moved to 18-5-2 on the year.

CAPS NOTES:

  • Marcus Johansson missed his first game after 106 consecutive games played due to a lower body injury.
  • Alex Ovechkin has scored more points against the Jets than any other team.
  • Washington has earned a point in 12 straight games against Canadian opponents dating back to last season (9-0-3).
  • Happy 29th Birthday to Matt Niskanen on Sunday!

NEXT GAME: The Caps return home for one game on Thursday to play the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30pm

About Jacqueline Martin

Jacqueline Martin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. She grew up in Northern Virginia and has developed a deep love for all things sports and all things DC. While attending American University she worked for the athletics department and followed the Men’s NCAA Basketball team to their first ever apperance in the tourney. She is an aspiring journalist whose ideal day job is running a large DC sports bar that favored only DC teams. If she is not in her office you may find her at Kettler attempting to skate backwards. You can follow her on twitter @JacqueMMartin.

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