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Caps give Dallas their first win of the season in mistake-filled game

Caps give Dallas their first win of the season in mistake-filled game

WASHINGTON -- For the second time in as many games, the Capitals fell in overtime. It took Tyler Seguin just 43 seconds to finish the game off in overtime as the Dallas Stars handed the Caps the 4-3 defeat, their first win of the season. The Caps once again could not produce on the power play and a dominant start evaporated into the team's second consecutive loss.

Here are five reasons Washington lost to the Stars.

Bishop's first period

Washington completely dominated the first period of play. The Caps led Dallas 14-5 on shots on goal and 29-11 in total shot attempts. So what was the problem? Despite having complete control of the game through the first 20 minutes, the score was only 1-0.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had a strong start and kept the Stars in it after a period in which they should have been buried. Instead, they entered the second period still in a tight game and with a chance to fight their way back in.

Hintz's goal

And fight their way back they did.

Just as Lars Eller entered the offensive zone, he tried a long cross-ice pass that was easily picked off by Jamie Oleksiak. A quick pass off a turnover can catch a team off guard and Oleksiak tried just that with the quick pass up to Roope Hintz. There was nothing complicated about the goal. He just fired a laser that beat Braden Holtby glove side.

Suddenly, a game the Caps had dominated was tied at 1.

A failed clear

Dallas came out swinging in the third period and it did not take long for them to strike. Esa Lindell flung the puck from the blue line towards the Caps' cage. Nick Jensen was there to block the puck initially, but it bounced dangerously in a high-danger area. Alexander Radulov got his stick to the puck before Jensen could and he knocked it past Jensen and through the 5-hole of Holtby to tie the game at 2.

A missed poke

Midway through the third period, all of Washington's momentum was gone. Suddenly the Stars were in control and less than five minutes after Radulov's goal, Dallas took its first lead of the game.

Nick Caamano scored his first NHL goal to put the Stars ahead thanks to a missed poke check by John Carlson. The Stars entered the zone on a quick break. Andrew Cogliano handed the soft pass to Caamano and Carlson went for the poke to break up the pass. Carlson missed timed it, however, and it left him in a bad position.

Carlson lunged slightly forward with the stick trying to poke the puck away, but he missed allowing Caamano to easily skate it around him. Suddenly, he was in alone on Holtby. He went forehand to backhand and tucked it through Holtby's 5-hole.

Seguin's overtime winner

Despite a bad third period, Nicklas Backstrom was able to tie it for the Caps and force overtime. The overtime wouldn't last long, however, as Seguin won it on a 2-on-1.

If you were to rank the players you would not want to see on a 2-on-1, Radulov and Seguin would be close to the top of that list. After an Ovechkin turnover, was Carlson back on defense facing the 2-on-1. He played it well and cheated it over to Radulov to try to cut him off and block the passing lane. Carlson went down, but Radulov was just able to get around him and pass it over to Seguin who put it home.


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4 things to know for Caps-Canucks: Backstrom, Dowd still out

4 things to know for Caps-Canucks: Backstrom, Dowd still out

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A shorthanded Capitals team (16-4-4) suffered just its fourth regulation loss of the season on Wednesday in New York. They will look to rebound on Saturday in a matinee matchup against the Vancouver Canucks (11-8-4).  You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at  11:30 a.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 12 p.m. to bring you up to the 12:30 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Postgame Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here are four things to know for Saturday's game.

No Backstrom, no Dowd

The suspension to Garnet Hathaway and injuries to Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd and Nicklas Backstrom prompted several roster moves prior to Wednesday's game. Playing with a depleted roster, the Caps lost 4-1 to the New York Rangers. They won't be getting any of those players back for Saturday.

Hathaway remains suspended for two more games and Hagelin is on LTIR. Dowd is on IR and eligible to return at any time. He skated early on Friday, but neither he nor Backstrom participated in practice. Reirden said both players remain day-to-day with upper-body injuries and will not play against Vancouver.

There was only one small tweak to the lineup from what we saw in New York as Reirden switched centers on the bottom lines.

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Richard Panik - Chandler Stephenson - Travis Boyd
Beck Malenstyn - Mike Sgarbossa - Brendan Leipsic

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Radko Gudas
Jonas Siegenthaler - Nick Jensen

One additional move, Christian Djoos was recalled on Friday and Tyler Lewington was reassigned to Hershey. Djoos, however, will not play Saturday. Reirden said recalling him was both to reward him for his good play in Hershey and as injury insurance with Saturday's game being at 12:30.

The penalty kill struggled in New York

Washington allowed two power play goals in one game for the first time all season on Wednesday. For the season, the Caps' penalty kill is at 83.3-percent, good for 11th in the league, but it was no surprise to see the team struggle on Wednesday given who the team is missing. Hagelin, Dowd and Hathaway have all played significant minutes on the penalty kill this season. Backstrom has not, but he has in the past and, with those other three out, he likely would have stepped in on Wednesday. Having one of the best two-way forwards as a backup plan for the penalty kill is a pretty good strategy, but now all four are out against a lethal Canucks power play that ranks fourth in the league clicking at 27.1-percent.

Caps earned a crazy win in Vancouver

Washington visited Vancouver on Oct. 25 and these two teams played in the craziest game so far this season for the Caps. The Canucks took a 5-1 lead in the second period, but Kuznetsov scored in the final second of the period to make it 5-2 and spark the comeback. Michal Kempny scored twice in the third period as the Caps tied the game at 5 and went on to win in a shootout.

Here's the recap of that game.

Elias Pettersson is the real deal

The 21-year-old center is already a superstar. In 23 games this season, he has nine goals and 19 assists. He is tied for 10th in the NHL in points and tied for seventh in assists. He scored one goal and two assists in the Canucks' win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday.


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Capitals vs. Canucks Game 25: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Canucks Game 25: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

The Capitals come back to Capital One Arena having lost only their fourth regulation game this season.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks come in as a playoff contender, currently holding down the third spot in the Pacific Division.

Will the battered Caps be able to take down a rebuilding Canucks squad? Tune in to find out.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C

When: Saturday, November 23, 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Blues game will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blues preseason on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7


11:00 AM: Caps Faceoff Live

11:30 AM: Caps Pregame Live

12:30 PM: Capitals @ Blues (LIVE)

2:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

3:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live



Nicklas Backstrom, C, upper-body injury, day-to-day

Nic Dowd, C, upper-body injury, day-to-day

Carl Hagelin W, upper-body injury, day-to-day

Garnet Hathaway, W, three-game suspension


Michael Ferland, C, upper-body injury, injured reserve

Tyler Motte, C, lower-body injury, week-to-week

Antoine Roussel, W, lower-body injury, week-to-week

Brandon Sutter, C/W, lower-body injury, injured reserve


Beck Malenstyn, LW, Capitals (0-0-0)

Malenstyn joined the team against the New York Rangers in his first career NHL game and provided a spark on a depleted team. He'll be looking to notch his first-ever points against the Canucks.

Elias Pettersson, C, Canucks (9-19-28)

After winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in his rookie season, Pettersson is picking up right where he left off with his slick hands and a wicked shot.

Jay Beagle, C, Canucks (1-2-3)

The former Caps grinder is making a name for himself in Vancouver and provides plenty of hustle and determination on their third and fourth lines as well as their penalty kill.