Dating back to last season, the Caps won four of the five games they played with the Winnipeg Jets and are 4-2-0 all time in Winnipeg. This game tonight which was the first meeting between these two teams this season ended up going to a shootout and was a high scoring game much like the previous meetings. After six rounds of the shootout Caps forward Martin Erat scored the game clinching goal right through Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec’s 5-Hole between his legs. Washington sealed the win over their once Southeast Division rivals by a score of 5-4 (4-3 in shootout) for their first road win of the season.
Capitals captain and winger Alex Ovechkin, had another marvelous game tonight scoring two goals which were back-to-back and assisted by the same person Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin scored his league leading 8th and 9th goals tonight and they were also his 39th and 40th goals he has against the Winnipeg (formerly Atlanta) franchise in his career, which are the most goals he has scored against a single franchise. Capitals Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer also scored in this contest, Brouwer’s goal was on the power play which the Caps went 1/5 on.
Washington had no trouble shutting down the Jets Evander Kane who had scored four goals in his past three games before tonight but did have trouble containing Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd. Little scored two goals on the Caps, one of them was short-handed, and Ladd added three assists. Caps goalie Braden Holtby despite showing his Jekyl and Hyde ways tonight recorded an impressive 47 saves.
The Capitals hope to keep their winning streak alive on their road trip as they will face the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at 9:30pm/ET. The series record between these franchises overall are 43-25-12 in favor of Washington.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)