Blackhawks Edge Capitals, 4-3 (SO); Fourth Street strikes twice

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The Washington Capitals’ third-term fall on Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida continued to haunt them Thursday night as they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout at Capital One Arena. This point lifts the Capitals three points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, who have two games in hand in the Capitals, take first place in the Metropolitan Division and are behind the Florida Panthers (one game in hand) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (who played more than one game). play vs. Capitals) for the first time in the NHL. Goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves in the defeat, his first appearance in five games.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Blackhawks

Graphics: @Capitals

Right wing Daniel Sprong has returned to the squad after sitting out the past two games like a healing scratch while centre-back Michael Sgarbossa came on and centre-back Connor McMichael stepped back to focus on the fourth line. Defender Justin Schultz is back in the squad after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury and Dennis Cholowski is on the field.

Scratches: Sgarbossa, LHD Matt Irwin

Injured: C Nicklas Backstrom (hips, 24th consecutive game miss, week after week), RW TJ Oshie (lower body, Friday/16 of last 17, daily), LW Anthony Mantha (shoulder, 14, indefinitely), LW Conor Sheary (lower body, Friday, daily)

First period

Alex DeBrincat on the left dribbled in and headed back in the air and hit the ball past Vanecek after a good pass with Patrick Kane on the right and an indirect pass from defender Seth Jones from the defense to open the scoring for the Blackhawks. with one minute left in the game.

The Capital team led 5-4 on saves and failed to score in a power play in the first half.

The Blackhawks have a 9-8 lead in shots, win 60% of the face-to-face, and have no giveaways while the Capitals have one in 20 minutes.

Each team wins eight hits and two points drawn in the opening stanza.

Second stage

Blackhawks defender Connor Murphy left the field and did not return after being heavily attacked by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

After being turned around by the Blackhawks in the attacking area, the Capitals fourth line went the other way and Carl Hagelin on the left brought left wing forward Nic Dowd from the left dot for a touch up front to finish. a three-way pass between duo and right winger Garnet Hathaway and a 1:10 draw at this stage.

Dominik Kubalik on the left side slipped behind the Capitals defense, received a pass from DeBrincat behind him, and netted Vanecek into the top corner from a low slot in power play to regain the lead for Blackhawks at 12:57.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov completed a loose ball in blue paint after centre-back Aleksei Protas saved Ovechkin’s shot wide of the post and the ball touched goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury’s hand to equalize again. with a score of 2:29.

The Capitals led 10-9 in second-half innings, 22-14 in innings, 4-3 in innings and failed to score in a power play in the first two innings.

The Blackhawks took a 9-8 lead on saves, won 59% of their draws and took advantage of their once-two chances from their senior advantage over the course of 40 minutes.

Each team took 18 shots and gave gifts twice.

New Year’s Eve

Dowd sprained Hathaway during a break from the penalty box from defense and Hathaway was blocked by Fleury but the shot went past him to give the Capitals the lead at 57 seconds. Hathaway earned much of the game. fourth point in the season.

Jones wristed a bullet high through Vanecek’s glove after being fed halfway through the wall by striker Josiah Slavin to tie it back to the Blackhawks with 8:57 through.

The Capitals led 32-22 in hits, 10-5 in the away legs, 15-14 in blocked shots, and failed to score in a power play.

The Blackhawks had a 26-25 lead on shots, including 8-7 in the third inning, 9-8 on interceptions, had three giveaways while the Capitals had five, and took advantage of one and two opportunities. their own when they have the advantage of people.

Each team divides the match in the head-to-head round.


The Capitals took a 3-2 lead in shootouts but neither side finished the game in extra time. Each team shot into the net 28 times.

Penalty kick

Kuznetsov’s shot goes wide of the right post.

The Jonathan Toews Center was closed by Vanecek after trying to go 5 holes.

Sprong hit the vertical post after burning and chipping the wing.

Patrick Kane on the right came in, dribbled and put a ball through Vanecek’s five-hole.

Fleury knocked Ovechkin through the five-hole hole, and the Blackhawks took it.

The loss broke the Capitals’ eight-game winning streak at home against the Blackhawks but they picked up a point in nine straight home games against Chicago.

Next game: Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. ET, local NBC Sports Washington, out-of-market ESPN+)

By Harrison Brown Blackhawks Edge Capitals, 4-3 (SO); Fourth Street strikes twice

Subhankar Mondal

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