WASHINGTON – Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Washington on Saturday:
How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov deflected a Nate Schmidt shot into the net in the first period. Jay Beagle scored what would be the game winner in the second off of a nice drop pass from Tom Wilsonand Jason Chimera added an insurance tally in the third. Kuznetsov's goal was his 11th of the season, tying the career-high mark he set last year in 80 games. This is only Kuznetsov's 34th game of the season.
His best Kuznetsov impression: One of Kuznetsov's more impressive moves is a forehanded drop pass that leaves defensemen and goalies baffled. Wilson did his best impression of the move in the second period to set-up Beagle's goal. As he skated wide to Condon's left, he went forehand and dropped it perfectly for Beagle who finished the play off with the goal a beautiful wrister that beat Condon glove side.
Oscar-worthy performance: P.K. Subban drew the ire of the Caps faithful late in the second period when he drew a slashing penalty on Nicklas Backstrom. As Subban went to collect the puck along the boards, Backstrom came over to challenge and gave him a shove in the back. Subban immediately clutched his face and fell to the ice. Replays show that Backstrom never touched Subban's face. The referee was fooled and called Backstrom for slashing. Fans serenaded Subban with boos the rest of the game. In what have been an acknowledgement of the blown call, Paul Byron of Montreal was called for embellishment in the third period.
Like father, like son: We all knew Wilson was tough, but to beat a man in front of his own family.... In the first period, Tom Wilson dropped the gloves with Montreal's Jarred Tinordi after the two were chirping at one another and Tinordi gave Wilson a shove in the back. If the name Tinordi sounds familiar, that's because his father, Mark Tinordi, was a former Cap for five seasons in the 90s. Mark was in the stands with his family watching his son play. That probably was not what he was hoping to see, though it should not have been totally unexpected given that Jarred has been in 13 fights at the NHL level (including preseason). Mark was in 72 fights over his career.
Look ahead: The Caps will play a home-and-home with the Sabres starting in Buffalo on Mon. Dec. 28. They return to Washington for the rematch on Dec. 30 and then close out the 2015 in Carolina on Dec. 31.
Four years ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the shootout king in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time around Gigi Marvin was one of the Americans who provided the extra-time heroics for Team USA at Pyeongchang, carrying the women’s hockey team to the gold medal.
Ironically enough, they both were the King and Queen of their high school’s dance back in 2005.
Marvin and Oshie both went to Warroad High School in Minnesota. They graduated from the same class in 2005. Nearly every high school in the country would wish for just one Olympian, this one got two legends in one class.
“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”
Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.
We spent a long, hard, and sleepless week in the hospital caring for Hayden. Beyond thankful for a successful surgery, her amazing mother, all the support and for being able to score 4 goals for our little girl tonight! pic.twitter.com/76HDDfKHqH
In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid. Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.
Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game. “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”
Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.