The Washington Capitals started a three-game homestand against a team whose named suited how hot they have been: the Calgary Flames. Coming into tonight the Flames had won 12 of their last 13 games and six of their last seven road games. However, the Caps would show how mighty they have been at home all season winning their 16th in their last 18 tonight by a score 4-2. Washington hands Calgary their first regulation loss on the road since February 5th.
Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game’s first goal early in the first period for his second in his past four games. Winger T.J. Oshie scored to break a 1-1 tie late in the second period for his 10th goal in his past 14 games; it was also his 30th of the season, the most in his career in a season, he would later add an assist. Washington would score again in the period four minutes later on defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk’s first goal of the season as a Capital on a power play with just 0:02 left in the period. This was Shattenkirk’s first goal and power play goal since January 21st of this season when he was playing for St. Louis, he would also assist on a goal. First line center Nicklas Backstrom assisted three times tonight and has 12 assists in his past nine games. Captain and first line winger Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play to help seal the deal for Washington in the third period. Starting goalie Braden Holtby played his 300th career NHL game tonight and recorded 29 saves, he would also improve his career record against Calgary to 4-1-1.
Flames center Sean Monahan scored in the middle of the first period for his 24th of the season and his fifth in eight career games against the Caps. Monahan was assisted by wingers Johnny Gaudreau and Alex Chiasson; Gaudreau’s assist was his 18th point (13th assist) in his past 14 games. Former Capital Troy Brouwer scored a goal in the third for his point in six games he has played against his old team but it would not be enough to help Calgary. He was assisted by winger Kris Versteeg and defensemen Deryk Engelland. Starting goalie Brian Elliott stopped 36 shots but had his winning start streak halted at 11 and the Flames winning streak halted at three.
The Caps win the season series with the Flames 2-0 and their home record improves to 29-6-2. Their next game will be Thursday night at home as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in hopes of extending their winning streak to three. Game time will be 7:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).