August 9, 2022

Washington Capitals Game 55 Recap: Sleepless in San Jose; Caps win in OT


Joel Ward scored in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals over the San Jose Sharks 5-4, earning the Caps (29-16-10) two points in the first of a four-game road trip.

Ward banged home a rebound of a Mike Green shot after the pair came in 3-on-2 along with Jay Beagle. Ward started the play by creating a turnover in the neutral zone on a play that looked like he might have hooked a Sharks player down before retrieving the puck.

Beagle opened the scoring with five minutes left in the first with a wrist shot past Antti Niemi.

That was erased — quickly — at the start of the second, as San Jose, well, the magnificently bearded Brent Burns, scored twice in the span of 22 seconds within the first minute of the frame, first with a tip-in, then with a wrist shot after a bad turnover at the blue line.

Troy Brouwer tied it up six minutes later, redirecting Alex Ovechkin’s blast on the power play.

The Sharks re-took the lead later in the period on a wrap-around by Logan Couture.

But you can’t stop Jay Beagle, you can only hope to contain him. He finished a John Carlson pass for his second of the game and continued to extend his career-high with his ninth of the season.

Carlson put the Caps up with one of his own just two minutes later, whipping one past Niemi off a sweet drop pass from Marcus Johansson.

That lead was short-lived though, as Jumbo Joe Thornton tied it back up 1:03 later with a wrister.

Despite a late flurry, mostly by the Sharks, regulation ended even at four.


  • Braden Holtby saved 25 of 29 in regulation.
  • Ovechkin managed six shots on goal.
  • Brooks Orpik (Orpik!) had two assists. Some guy named Backstrom had two helpers too.
About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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