It has been 18 nights since the Washington Capitals have been in Capital One Arena, they were able to do so and earn a 5-4 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils in NHL action on Tuesday.
The Capitals were able to gain the early momentum, as the team built a 4-1 lead early in the game. Washington was not able to keep up their play though, as the Devils got themselves back into things and making the night a nail biter for the home team.
T.J. Oshie opened the scoring by finding the back of the net at the 17:22 mark of the First Period. Jakub Vrana and Daniel Sprong made the tally 3-0 before the Devils were able to find a response.
Janne Kuokkanen recorded the first goal for the Devils at the 12:44 mark of the Second Period, before the Capitals made it 4-1 thanks to a goal by Dmitry Orlov.
New Jersey started to gain momentum in the third period as Miles Wood, Yegor Sharangovich, and Damon Severson tied the game up.
Jakub Vrana was able to record the game-winner in what was a thriller between two great NHL teams.
Here are some of the interesting trends during the game. The trend started when Oshie scored earlier in the frame, it was done so on the power play opportunity, which was his fifth power play goal of the season and sixth overall.
Recording an assist during Oshie’s goal was Nicklas Backstrom, which is good for his 18th of the season. Backstrom leads the team with his 28 points in 25 games. Also tallying an assist was John Carlson who is now one point shy of his 500th career point.
For Vrana he now has seven points in the last six games, the forward is now tied third on the team and his 10 goals are tied with Backstrom for the team lead.
Earning the win in the cage was Vitek Vanecek, who now has 11 on the season, which is the most among rookie goaltenders and tied for the seventh amongst all goaltenders
The team will now have a day to travel to Philadelphia where they will take on the Flyers for two games on Thursday and Saturday. The games are set for 7:00 p.m. for both.
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