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Super Bowl Sunday Sorrow: Capitals Fall to Canucks, 3-2 (OT); Ovechkin Extends Goal Streak to Five Games

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime by a score of 3-2 in a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at Capital One Arena. The loss dropped the Capitals’ record to 23-20-8 and 54 points on the season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves in the loss.

The Lineup

Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Max Pacioretty — Michael Sgarbossa — Tom Wilson
Aliaskei Protas — Connor McMichael — Anthony Mantha
Beck Malenstyn — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Rasmus Sandin — Nick Jensen
Joel Edmundson — Ethan Bear

Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratches: Right-wing Matthew Phillips and defenseman Alexander Alexeyev

Injuries: Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (illness), right-wing Sonny Milano (upper-body), center Nicklas Backstrom (hip), and center Evgeny Kuznetsov (NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program)


First Period

Just sixty-eight seconds in, Dowd (8) would give the Capitals an early 1-0 lead. Aube-Kubel (9) and Sandin (13) assisted.

The Canucks would equalize with a goal from right-wing Conor Garland at the 11:09 mark.

Quick Stats

SOG: 10-7 Canucks

Face-Off Win %: 61% (Canucks), 38% (Capitals)

Hits: 10-10


Second Period

At the 7:37 mark, Ovechkin would give the Capitals a 2-1 lead, his fifth straight game with a goal. Strome and Oshie had the assists.

Vancouver would tie it again, 2-2, with a goal from left-wing Nils Hollander at the 8:48 mark.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 25-19 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 61% (Canucks), 38% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 16-16


Third Period

The final frame would go scoreless, prompting overtime.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 30-29 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 61% (Canucks), 38% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 23-20 Canucks


Overtime

A McMichael turnover led Canucks center J.T. Miller to win it with 4.8 seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 final score.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 34-31 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 58% (Canucks), 41% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 23-20 Canucks

Notes Through the Game

  • Dowd registered his first career goal against Vancouver, with whom he played 40 games during the 2017-18 season.
  • Sandin has recorded seven points (2g, 5a) in his last nine games.
  • Ovechkin extended his goal streak to five games (1/27/24-2/11/24: 5g) with his 13th goal of the season. It marks his first five-game goal streak since March 11-19, 2021 (6g in 5 GP).
  • Ovechkin is the fifth player in NHL history with a goal streak of five or more games at age 38 or older, joining Brett Hull (7 GP in 2003-04), Johnny Bucyk (6 GP in 1974-75), Joe Pavelski (5 GP in 2022-23) and Justin Williams (5 GP in 2019-20).
  • Ovechkin has recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in his last 15 games.
  • Strome has recorded 15 points (7g, 8a) in his last 18 games.
  • Oshie has recorded 26 points (9g, 17a) in 35 career games vs. Vancouver.

The Capitals clash next with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at Capital One Arena. Coverage begins at 7 PM on Monumental Sports Network.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University and is writing her debut novel. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. Follow Della on X: @dellayoung





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