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Kevin Shattenkirk scores his first goal for the Capitals...or did he?

Kevin Shattenkirk scores his first goal for the Capitals...or did he?

One of the turning points of the Tuesday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames came very late in the second period when Kevin Shattenkirk just barely managed to beat Brian Elliott for the power play goal. It came with less than three seconds remaining in the period and gave the Caps a 3-1 lead. The goal, which ultimately proved to be the game-winner, was his first with the Caps

…or was it?

“I didn’t think I got it,” Shattenkirk said after the game.


On Wednesday, the NHL officially awarded the goal to Backstrom with assists from Shattenkirk and Oshie.

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A shot from Alex Ovechkin was blocked in front of the net by Calgary defenseman Deryk Engelland and bounced to open ice in the faceoff circle. Shattenkirk took advantage as he stepped up and snapped a shot at Elliott. Initially, it looked like Elliott had the puck squeezed into his arm, but it popped out out behind him and trickled towards the line. Both Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie took swipes at it and....

The puck went in the net. Goal Capitals.

But who got it?

Replays appeared to show that Backstrom may have just gotten a piece of the puck to knock it in. Yet, the goal was awarded to Shattenkirk.

And that left everyone a bit…confused.

“I saw those two fighting each other to try to poke it in,” Shattenkirk said. “Once I got the puck, I was pretty happy about it.”

When asked if he had gotten a piece of it, Backstrom said “I thought so yeah, but apparently not.”

Should the goal stand, it will be Shattenkirk’s first after nine games with the Caps. Regardless, it will be his first multi-point game for his new team as he also added an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal in the third period. He now has six points since the trade, good for .67 points per game. That currently ranks fifth among the Caps and the highest among the team’s defensemen.

But come Wednesday, he may find he has just six assists for Washington instead of one goal and five assists.

What does he think? Does Shattenkirk think it was his goal? “Nope. We'll see tomorrow if there's any scoring change. If there is, then I've just got to keep putting my head down and going for it again.”

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal


Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.


The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.


That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.