Vancouver Canucks vs. Washington Capitals | FULL Shootout – Oct. 25, 2019
- The Washington Capitals rallied from down four goals to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 in the shootout at Rogers Arena on Friday.
- Defenseman Michal Kempny scored twice for Washington in 2:44 in the third period to tie the game, and Nicklas Backstrom scored the deciding goal in the third round of the tiebreaker.
“I feel like these types of moments, they build the team spirit and build the team together, and that’s huge for us,” said Evgeny Kuznetsov, who scored his second goal of the night with 0.3 seconds left in the second period to get the Capitals within 5-2. “We stick with each other, we stick to the game plan even though the game never went well, we give up some bad goals, but we stick with our plan, and we get the results.”
- Lars Eller had a goal and an assist, and Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for the Capitals (8-2-3), who rebounded from blowing a two-goal lead in the third period and losing 4-3 in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
- They are 5-0-1 in their past six.
- Washington’s John Carlson (five goals, 13 assists) and Alex Ovechkin (eight goals, five assists) each had his point streak end at nine games.
“[Ovechkin and Carlson] have carried us for a long time,” coach Todd Reirden said. “But what happens in these back-to-backs is you need to have other guys step up.”
- Tim Schaller scored two goals, and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves for the Canucks (6-3-1), who lost for the second time in eight games.
“That’s not good enough,” captain Bo Horvat said. “Going in with a four-goal lead, 21 minutes left, we’ve got to be able to hold those. We’ve got to be a lot better than that in the third. … At times, I think guys — including myself — were trying to make plays out of nothing and not getting the pucks in deep and simplifying our game. And I think that’s what turned on us.”
- Carlson was one game shy of tying the Capitals record for longest point streak by a defenseman, shared by Robert Picard (Dec. 17, 1978-Jan. 9, 1979) and Al Iafrate (Nov. 25-Dec. 12, 1992). …
- It was the fifth time in Capitals history that they came back from down four goals to win a game and first since a 5-4 overtime victory at the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 2008. …
- Washington forward Travis Boyd made his season debut, replacing Chandler Stephenson in the lineup, and provided a screen on each Kempny goal.
- He also had an assist on Kempny’s second. …
- Hughes, a rookie defenseman, has an assist on each of the four power-play goals the Canucks have scored in three games since he was moved on to the top unit.
Sources & Credits: Kevin Woodley / NHL.com, Washington Capitals, Vancouver Canucks