FINAL
TBL
1
BOS
3
FINAL
NJD
0
PIT
3
FINAL SO
CGY
4
WSH
5
FINAL SO
LAK
3
MIN
2
FINAL
NSH
2
STL
4
FINAL
FLA
4
DAL
2
FINAL
NYR
1
PHX
4
FINAL
VAN
1
SJS
4
CGY
35-40-7
WSH
38-30-14
SO
39 SOG
39 SOG

Down 3-0, Capitals rally to win in shootout

Adam Vingan  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 10.04.2013 / 8:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- As the Washington Capitals ascended into the NHL's elite during the past six seasons, they made their reputation with a lethal power play and a penchant for comebacks.

Even though the Capitals have established themselves as a perennial Stanley Cup Playoff team, the showed Thursday they haven't forgotten their roots.

Down 3-0 after one period against the Calgary Flames, Washington erased that lead with power-play goals from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the team's fourth and fifth through two games, and the Capitals rallied to earn their first win of the season, 5-4 in a shootout.

"We've done it a lot before, come back like that," veteran Brooks Laich said. "We've got potent offensive guys that can do it, so the game is never over."

In their home opener, the Capitals dictated the pace early, but it was the Flames who scored three first-period goals.

David Jones caught defenseman Jack Hillen flat-footed along the blue line and drove past him before snapping a short-side top-shelf shot over Braden Holtby's left shoulder at 5:18.

Lee Stempniak extended Calgary's lead to 2-0 just under five minutes later when he corralled a Mark Giordano rebound in front and slid it past Holtby. With the Flames on the power play, Jiri Hudler gave them a three-goal lead at 16:22 with a shot from the right point.

It was the 11th and final shot Holtby faced. Michal Neuvirth came on in relief.

Holtby has allowed eight goals on 45 shots through two starts this season, but coach Adam Oates did not place any blame on the 24-year-old, already informing him he will start Washington's next game, Saturday against the Dallas Stars.

"Everybody has hiccups. Everybody," Oates said. "And he's got to understand that to me that's what it is."

Washington inched closer in a back-and-forth second period. Rookie defenseman Connor Carrick, just released from the penalty box after serving a hooking call, received a pass from Marcus Johansson and broke in alone on Karri Ramo, making his first NHL start in more than three years. Carrick deked to his backhand and beat Ramo on his forehand for his first NHL goal and a 3-1 score.

"Momentum's a big part of the NHL," Carrick said. "You hear a lot of coaches mention it throughout the League, so anything I can do to swing the momentum our way."

Lance Bouma restored the Flames' three-goal lead less than two minutes later. Neuvirth misplayed the puck behind the net, and Brian McGrattan was able to send a pass to Bouma in the slot before Neuvirth could intervene.

Washington responded on the power play at 11:24 when Ovechkin one-timed a pass from Mike Green past Ramo from his usual spot on the left faceoff dot for his second goal of the season. Ovechkin scored his second of the night at 15:25 on a slap shot on a set play off a faceoff from Johansson and Backstrom.

Two successful penalty kills early in the third period, including a 47-second two-man advantage, kept the Capitals within striking distance, and when they finally got their chances on the power play, they took advantage with Backstrom's game-tying goal at 14:10. Mikhail Grabovski was able to fish the puck out of a scramble in the slot and thread a pass to Backstrom.

"First of all, I think Grabovski did a good job taking the puck in the zone and then he gave it down in the corner to me and then just threw it up to Ovi," Backstrom said. "I think Ovi wanted to give it back to me, but the D blocked it there. A little scramble in front of the net, and he gave me the puck and I just tried to hit the net and I scored."

Grabovski and Ovechkin scored in the shootout. Neuvirth stymied Sven Baertschi and Hudler.

The Capitals lost Hillen to an apparent right-leg injury midway through the first period when he awkwardly absorbed a check along the boards from Bouma.

Oates said after the game Hillen was at a hospital and will be "out for a bit."

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
CGY ()
WSH ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:18CGY David Jones (1) Snap shot - ASST: Sean Monahan (1) 1 - 0 CGY
10:13CGY Lee Stempniak (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (1), Mikael Backlund (1) 2 - 0 CGY
16:22CGY PPG - Jiri Hudler (1) Slapshot - ASST: TJ Brodie (1), Mark Giordano (2) 3 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
07:30WSH Connor Carrick (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marcus Johansson (1), Karl Alzner (1) 3 - 1 CGY
09:05CGY Lance Bouma (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian McGrattan (1), Ben Street (1) 4 - 1 CGY
11:24WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Green (3), Marcus Johansson (2) 4 - 2 CGY
15:25WSH Alex Ovechkin (3) Slapshot - ASST: Marcus Johansson (3), Nicklas Backstrom (3) 4 - 3 CGY
3rd Period
14:10WSH PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (2), Alex Ovechkin (2) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1WSHMikhail Grabovski - Goal
2CGYSven Baertschi - Save
3WSHAlex Ovechkin - Goal
4CGYJiri Hudler - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDWashington CapitalsCalgary Flames
1Mikhail Grabovski
Sven Baertschi
2Alex Ovechkin
Jiri Hudler
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
1st
G: 2Shots: 11
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 22:14
Marcus Johansson
2nd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:46
David Jones
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:10WSH Tom Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Lance Bouma
08:10CGY Lance Bouma  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Wilson
09:27WSH Alex Ovechkin  Slashing against  Kris Russell
09:27CGY Kris Russell  Cross checking against  Alex Ovechkin
15:00WSH Karl Alzner  Interference against  Brian McGrattan
2nd Period
05:21WSH Connor Carrick  Hooking against  Jiri Hudler
11:00CGY David Jones  Hi-sticking against  John Carlson
19:46WSH Tom Wilson  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
00:59WSH John Erskine  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
05:00WSH Joel Ward  Tripping against  Sven Baertschi
10:32CGY Matt Stajan  Slashing against  Karl Alzner
13:38CGY TJ Galiardi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Michal Neuvirth
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCGYWSH
1st1112
2nd1211
3rd1313
OT33
Total3939
Team Stats
CategoryCGYWSH
Power Plays1/52/3
Hits2530
Faceoff Wins2946
Giveaways99
Takeaways106
Blocked Shots2014
Penalty Minutes1317
  • CALGARY
  • WASHINGTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4K. RussellD0020219:42
5M. GiordanoD02-14026:54
6D. WidemanD0024026:24
7T. BrodieD01-12026:29
11M. BacklundC0101020:22
16B. McGrattanR011004:08
17L. BoumaC102156:44
18M. StajanC0000222:23
20C. GlencrossL0002022:52
22L. StempniakR1008020:10
23S. MonahanC0102011:40
24J. HudlerC10-22019:56
38B. StreetC011209:33
39T. GaliardiL00-12217:12
44C. ButlerD0003017:29
47S. BaertschiL0002011:24
54D. JonesR1014218:32
55S. O'BrienD0000013:10
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31K. Ramo3539.89765:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. ErskineD0001219:15
8A. OvechkinR21111222:14
10M. EratR000106:30
16E. FehrR00-21013:31
19N. BackstromC1123019:28
20T. BrouwerR0002019:26
21B. LaichC00-12021:05
25J. ChimeraL00-21016:00
27K. AlznerD0104227:53
38J. HillenD00-1103:12
42J. WardR00-22214:56
43T. WilsonR000255:52
52M. GreenD01-11031:01
58C. CarrickD1004217:26
74J. CarlsonD0012028:30
83J. BeagleR000006:14
84M. GrabovskiC01-10018:19
90M. JohanssonC0321017:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. Neuvirth2728.96448:38
70B. Holtby811.72716:22