The Washington Capitals have spent the last four games without Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov, and Dmitry Orlov because all four players have been on the COVID protocol. It wouldn’t have surprised people if Washington struggled without them, but instead, the Capitals have posted a 3-0-1 record over that span. Even without Ovechkin and Kuznetsov to help power Washington’s offense, they’ve also scored 15 goals, including six in their victory over the Islanders Thursday night.
There offense has come from a lot of different sources without the star duo. Elven different Capitals players have scored at least one goal over their last four contests and 16 have recorded at least one point. Defensemen John Carlson and Justin Schultz along with Nicklas Backstrom have been the most noteworthy though, each contributing two goals and four assists.
Washington is now 5-0-3 and has shown some great resolve. It’s one thing for a team to shine when everyone is available, but when your team finds a way to excel during difficult times, you know you have a special group.
BOSTON 4 PITTSBURGH 1
Cody Ceci scored the Penguins’ only goal. He has a goal and two points in five games.
Patrice Bergeron netted a pair of goals for Boston. He’s up to five goals and eight points in seven contests.
Sean Kuraly accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his first point in seven contests.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 16 of 17 Penguins shots. He’s faced just 17 shots in each of his last two starts.
Tristan Jarry turned aside 16 of 20 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in five of his six games.
NY RANGERS 3 BUFFALO 2 (OT)
Alexis Lafreniere’s first career point was a memorable one. He netted the overtime winner at 2:47 of the extra period.
Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist. He’s up to three goals and eight points in seven contests.
Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 of 25 Sabres shots. He has a 1-2-1 record, 2.73 GAA, and .894 save percentage in five contests.
Sam Reinhart contributed a goal and a helper for the Sabres. That gives him three goals and six points in eight games.
Linus Ullmark saved 36 of 39 shots last night. He faced 14 shots in the third period, but didn’t allow a shot in that frame, which allowed the Sabres to tie the game and at least come away with a point.
PHILADELPHIA 3 NEW JERSEY 1
Michael Raffl scored the game-winning goal. He has two goals and three points in eight games.
Erik Gustafsson assisted on two of the Flyers’ three goals. That gives him five helpers in seven contests.
Damon Severson netted the Devils’ only goal. It was his first marker and second point in seven games.
Scott Wedgewood stopped 14 of 17 Flyers shots. He only faced four shots in each of the first and second periods.
At the other end of the ice, Carter Hart was far busier, saving 33 of 34 shots. He’s 3-2-1 with a 3.61 GAA and .896 save percentage in six starts.
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WASHINGTON 6 NY ISLANDERS 3
The Islanders actually jumped out to a 3-0 lead before things fell apart. Anders Lee scored the Islanders’ third goal at 17:39 of the first period.
Semyon Varlamov stopped just 17 of 22 shots. The damage came in the second period when he was beaten five times on 14 shots. Washington only fired one shot in the entire third period and it was on an empty net.
Conor Sheary scored two goals for the Capitals. He has two goals and three points in six contests.
John Carlson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to three goals and nine points in eight games.
Vitek Vanecek saved 27 of 30 Islanders shots. He has a 4-0-2 record, 2.75 GAA, and .915 save percentage in six starts.
CAROLINA 1 TAMPA BAY 0 (OT)
Petr Mrazek stopped 32 shots to earn the shutout. It was his second perfect game in three starts this season.
Victor Hedman was Mrazek’s most frequent challenger with a team-high four shots. Hedman has a goal on 16 shots.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 34 of 35 Hurricanes shots. He’s 3-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .932 save percentage in five starts.
Martin Necas netted the overtime winner. It was his first goal and second point in four contests.
Dougie Hamilton assisted on the game’s lone marker. He has three assists in four games.
COLUMBUS 3 FLORIDA 2 (SO)
Chris Driedger stopped 29 of 31 shots before the shootout. He missed out on the win because he was beaten once in four shootout rounds.
Elvis Merzlikins saved 33 of 35 shots prior to the skills competition. He was then perfect in four rounds of the shootout.
Mikko Koivu scored a goal at 17:03 of the first period. It was his first marker as a member of the Blue Jackets.
Max Domi netted Columbus’ other regulation time goal. He has a goal and three points in eight contests.
Carter Verhaeghe found the back of the net for Florida. He’s up to four goals and six points in four contests after scoring just nine goals and 13 points in 52 games as a rookie last season.
MONTREAL 4 CALGARY 2
Josh Anderson scored the game-winning goal. He has four goals and five points in seven contests.
Tyler Toffoli also found the back of the net for the Canadiens. That gives him six goals and nine points in six games.
One of Calgary’s two goals was scored by Milan Lucic. He’s up to two goals and three points in six games.
David Rittich stopped 17 of 21 Canadiens shots. It was his first start of the 2020-21 campaign.
At the other end of the ice, Carey Price saved 23 of 25 shots. He’s 3-0-2 with a 2.92 GAA and .898 save percentage in five starts.
MINNESOTA 5 LOS ANGELES 3
Marcus Johansson scored a goal and registered an assist for the Wild. He has two goals and three points in eight contests.
Nick Bjugstad netted the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and third point in eight games.
Kaapo Kahkonen turned aside 32 of 35 Kings shots. Two of the three goals he surrendered were scored during Los Angeles power plays.
Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles. He’s up to three goals and six points in eight contests.
Jonathan Quick stopped 23 of 28 Wild shots. He allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period.
DALLAS 7 DETROIT 3
Jonathan Bernier got the start, but stopped just 16 of 19 shots. He was pulled in the third period in favor of Thomas Greiss. He didn’t do any better though. Instead he allowed three goals on nine shots.
Tyler Bertuzzi scored a power-play goal. The Red Wings forward has four goals and six points in eight contests.
Denis Gurianov scored a goal and registered two assists for Dallas. He’s up to three goals and seven points in four games.
Miro Heiskanen assisted on three of the Stars’ seven goals. That gives him four assists in four contests.
COLORADO 3 SAN JOSE 0
Philipp Grubauer posted a 21-save shutout. He’s improved to 5-2-0 with a 1.86 GAA and .928 save percentage in seven starts.
Tomas Hertl had a team-high four shots on Grubauer. Hertl has three goals on 14 shots in 2020-21.
Devan Dubnyk kicked out 35 of 38 Avalanche shots. The Avalanche and Sharks were actually in a scoreless tie for almost the full match. It was until 9:55 of the third period that Colorado got on the board.
Nazem Kadri scored that first goal and was the driving force in the Avalanche’s late game rally. He ended up scoring two goals and registering an assist in the third period.
Andre Burakovsky accounted for Colorado’s other goal. He’s up to three goals and six points in five games.
ARIZONA 3 ANAHEIM 2
Jakob Silfverberg scored a goal for the Ducks. He’s up to two goals and three points in eight contests.
Christian Dvorak netted two goals, including the game winner. He has three goals and seven points in eight games.
Conor Garland found the back of the net for Arizona. That gives him three goals and seven points in eight contests.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 14 of 16 Ducks shots. He has a 2-4-1 record, 2.43 GAA, and .910 save percentage in seven starts this season.
John Gibson kicked out 31 of 34 shots last night. He’s 3-2-2 with a 1.87 GAA and .942 save percentage in seven starts.
VANCOUVER 4 OTTAWA 1
Ottawa’s lone goal was scored by Thomas Chabot. It was his second goal and fourth point in eight contests.
Matt Murray stopped 21 of 25 Canucks shots. He surrendered at least one goal in each period.
Braden Holtby turned aside 36 of 37 shots on Thursday. He has a 3-2-0 record, 3.17 GAA, and .906 save percentage in five starts.
Elias Pettersson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to three goals and six points in 10 contests.
Brock Boeser netted two goals and recorded an assist for Vancouver. That gives him six goals and nine points in 10 games.
TORONTO 4 EDMONTON 3
Auston Matthews scored the game-winning goal. It was his fifth marker and ninth point in eight games.
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs. He’s up to a goal and five points in eight contests.
Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 29 Oilers shots. He’s won his last three starts, allowing a combined eight goals over that span.
Leon Draisaitl netted a pair of goals for Edmonton. He’s up to six goals and 13 points in nine games.
Mikko Koskinen turned aside 23 of 27 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in each of his last four starts.