Final score: Washington Capitals 4, Calgary Flames 2
How it happened: The Caps and Flames traded first-period goals as Evgeny Kuznetsov finished off a slick pass from Andre Burakovsky, but Calgary responded with a rush goal by Sean Monahan. Things looked even in the second period until T.J. Oshie gave the Caps the lead, and Kevin Shattenkirk added another goal with less than three seconds left in the second to put the Caps up by two. Troy Brouwer pulled Calgary within one in the third, but Alex Ovechkin provided the insurance tally on the power play for the win.
What it means: The Capitals extended their point streak to four games including three wins. This is just the second loss Calgary has suffered in the past 14 games. With the win, Washington maintained its hold over first place of the Metropolitan Division.
Caps goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Andre Burakovsky at 6:47 in the first period. Lars Eller harassed Johnny Gaudreau in the neutral zone until Burakovsky stole the puck and started the rush. He then found Kuznetsov with pass who slickly slid the pass into the net. Caps 1, Flames 0
Flames goal: Sean Monahan from Alex Chiasson and Johnny Gaudreau at 10:06 in the first period. Kevin Shattenkirk pinched deep into the offensive zone to grab the puck along the wall, but Chiasson beat him to it and chipped it up to Monahan. He passed to Gaudreau to start the two-on-two rush. Brooks Orpik pinched too far over to Gaudreau leaving Monahan wide open for the pass which he deposited into the top corner. Caps 1, Flames 1
Caps goal: T.J. Oshie from Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin at 15:51 in the 2nd period. Backstrom retreated to the top of the right circle and found Ovechkin through traffic with the cross-ice pass. Ovechkin made the quick pass to the slot and Oshie finished off the tic-tac-toe play by burying the puck into the net. Caps 2, Flames 1
Caps goal: Kevin Shattenkirk (power play) from Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin at 19:57 in the 2nd period. An Ovechkin shot deflected off of Deryk Engelland allowing Shattenkirk to step up for the close shot. Elliott looked like he had it tucked in his armpit, but the puck dropped and began to trickle past the line. Caps 3, Flames 1
Flames goal: Troy Brouwer from Kris Versteeg and Deryk Engelland at 15:04 in the 3rd period. Engelland decided to join the rush and just as he was being forced into the corner by Karl Alzner, he spun around for the pass that found Brouwer open in the slot for the tip-in. Caps 3, Flames 2
Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin (power play) from Nicklas Backstrom and Kevin Shattenkirk at 17:09 in the third. Ovechkin took the pass from Shattenkirk in the office and was given plenty of time to place the puck into the corner. Caps 4, Flames 2
1. Alex Ovechkin: The Great 8 got the power play goal, plus registered an incredible 11 shots on goal to keep the pressure up on Elliott all night.
2. Nicklas Backstrom: Ho-hum, just another three-assist night for Backstrom.
3. Brian Elliott: Don't let the score fool you. This game was close because Elliott had a fantastic night. He was very solid in the net despite giving up four goals as he turned aside 36 of the shots he faced on the night.
Look ahead: Washington hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in a critical game for control of the Metropolitan Division. They then close out their three-game home stand on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.
Tell us what you think: This is the first time the Flames have lost with Brian Elliott in net since Feb. 18 and just their second loss in 14 games. After the win, do you think the Caps are now completely back on track after that four-game skid?
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