Evgeny Kuznetsov, Philipp Grubauer and a balanced scoring attack helped the Caps down the Canucks, 3-1, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.
The victory was the Metro-leading Caps' fifth straight overall and 10th in a row on home ice—the longest such streak in the league this year.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals
Kuzy notched his first point in four games, a second period score that put the Caps ahead 3-1. It was a weird one; Kuznetsov’s shot was stopped by Jacob Markstrom, but the puck appeared to be knocked in by Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who attempted to bat the puck away.
Kuzy directed five shots at the net (three on target) and was credited with a hit.
2-Lars Eller, Capitals
Eller’s snipe put the Caps ahead 2-1 late in the first period.
No. 20’s tally marked the first time all season he’s scored in back-to-back games. He now has three goals in the last five contests.
3-John Carlson, Capitals
After the Caps surrendered an early power play goal, Carlson evened things up with a goal that slipped through Markstrom. Like Kuzy’s goal, there were extenuating circumstances. The net had been tipped up on top of the Canucks’ goalie, who was also being screened by a teammate. Vancouver head coach Travis Green challenged on grounds of goalie interference, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Carlson has five goals and 34 points—just three points behind his total in 72 games last season.
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