Nicklas Backstrom scored the game's first two goals and Brenden Dillon scored the game-winner over the St. Louis Blues in a key third period for the Capitals in the latest EA Sports NHL 20 simulation. This was the first simulated Caps game broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Result: Caps 5, Blues 3
1-0 Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Brenden Dillon and Tom Wilson
2-0 Caps goal (power play): Nicklas Backstrom from Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie
Backy on hatty watch and we're only in the first period dang pic.twitter.com/HkZmqND1Q3— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
2-1 Blues goal: Ivan Barbashev from Colton Parayko
Blues cut the lead in half :( pic.twitter.com/ltsKEH62x5— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
2-2 Blues goal: Alexander Steen from Oskar Sundqvist and Colton Parayko
Steen ties it :(( pic.twitter.com/tsHNhNhJ0A— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
3-2 Caps goal: Lars Eller from Garnet Hathaway and Richard Panik
👁️ of the 🐯 pic.twitter.com/R4zCAy6L7H— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
3-3 Blues goal: Alexander Steen from Alex Pietrangelo and Oskar Sundqvist
Blues tie it again :((( pic.twitter.com/3ArERqMSKG— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
4-3 Caps goal: Brenden Dillon from Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
5-3 Caps goal (power play, empty netter): Nicklas Backstrom from T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana
WHERE ARE THE HATS THO pic.twitter.com/XYh2nCFspz— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 24, 2020
How the Caps won
1. Nicklas Backstrom
Washington was able to put up four goals on St. Louis plus one empty netter, but don't let that fool you. Blues netminder Jordan Binnington was on his game. He had the answer for almost everything the Caps threw at him, but he didn't have an answer for Backstrom.
Backstrom scored the first two goals of the game as he beat Binnington twice in the first period. He would finish off the hat trick, and the game, in the third period with an empty-netter.
2. The third period
St. Louis battled back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 and the game was tied heading into the third period. After seeing the Blues dominate the second, Washington dominated the third to take back control of the game. Dillon fired a blistering slap shot to beat Binnington after three St. Louis players got caught chasing the puck in the defensive zone leaving Dillon wide open on the point. That goal would prove to be the game-winner. Backstrom would add the empty-netter soon after.
3. Special teams
Washington got the edge in special teams play as the team gave up only three power plays, killed off all three and scored two power play tallies of their own. The key penalty kill game in the third period when Richard Panik was called for hooking but Washington was able to kill it off to maintain control in a dominant third period.
The Caps were scheduled to play the New York Rangers at home on Thursday. The game will be simmed with NHL 20 on NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m.
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