August 23, 2017

Washington Capitals Game 77 Recap: Caps set season high in shots in win over Avalanche

OVECHKIN NETS NO. 46, BEAGLE GETS FANCY AS CAPS DUMP AVALANCHE

Alex Ovechkin scored his 46th goal of the season to lead the Washington Capitals over the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Friday night.

Facing a desperate Avalanche team that needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, the Capitals (55-16-6) showed that the offense may be back on track — just in time for the playoffs.

Play and goal of the night go to Mr. Jay Beagle. With a great defensive takeaway behind the Avalanche goal he turned the puck and put it behind the back of netminder Seymon Varlamov. See below:

Ovechkin decided to give the Caps a little breathing room when the Caps went onto the power play at 12:57 of the second. Marcus Johansson swept the puck from one side of the net right in front of Varlamov and onto the stick of a streaking Ovechkin, who took the shot from just in front of the crease. A space-giving goal at the right time.

Goal No. 3 came a minute and a half later off a deflection pass right from the point. Mike Richards took a wicked snap that Jason Chimera was able to just tap to put it past the Avalanche.

The final icing on the cake came when T.J Oshie raced down the ice to put in the empty net goal with just 10 seconds left — an excellent hustle from Oshie to seal a Caps victory.

The Avalanche were able to pose a minor threat when Jarome Iginla took the opportunity to net one after Matt Niskanen had been put in the sin bin. With less than a minute left, Ignalia was able to sneak into the crease behind Braden Holtby and the defense and put one in.

The pressure was notched up once again when the Avalanche made some noise in front of the goal and on their second chance shot after a rebound put it in. The score hit 3-2 Caps at 14:21 of the third.

Braden Holtby played a relatively solid night despite the couple he let in, stopping 17 of 19 shots. He and Ovechkin became the NHL’s first 46 win-46 goal duo in history, and he’s one win short of matching Martin Brodeur’s league record for most wins in a season.

On the other end, the Caps took 47 shots, a marked improvement over the past month of play and a record under coach Barry Trotz. Varlamov played an excellent game, but the Caps offense is hopefully coming alive at the right time.

CAPS NOTESNicklas Backstrom was a scratch with an upper body injury. No word about his potential play Saturday at Arizona.

Next Game: The Caps play Saturday night for their final late game of the season,  10 p.m. at the Arizona Coyotes.

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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