The Washington Capitals showed great improvement in their game against Montreal, despite not winning. It was a stark contrast to their previous disastrous performance in Ottawa. They managed to push the game into overtime and secure a point in the standings on the road.
These small victories are noteworthy for the Capitals, but it’s unclear if they represent a significant step in the right direction mathematically. However, the overall vibes were relatively positive.
- The Capitals made an impressive comeback in the third period, erasing a 2-0 deficit to earn a point. However, their performance at five-on-five was subpar, with the opposition out-attempting, out-scoring, and out-chancing them. In particular, the second period was disastrous for the Capitals.
- I previously highlighted Spencer Carbery’s pregame quotes on improving the power play, but the Capitals failed to convert on any of their five power play opportunities. They are currently one of only two teams in the league that haven’t scored a power play goal this season.
- Rookie Hardy Haman Aktell made his NHL debut, but was given limited ice time compared to his teammates. This may be due to the special teams-dominated nature of the game rather than a reflection of his performance. Haman Aktell is the 24th Swedish player to play for the Capitals.
Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his first assist of the season, contributing to Strome’s second goal. Kuznetsov is closing in on passing Bengt Gustafsson for the eighth-most points in franchise history.
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- Surprisingly, Matthew Phillips is still tied for the team lead in scoring. Despite this, it raises concerns about the team’s top offensive talent.
- Alex Ovechkin bounced back from two goalless games to record five shots on goal. However, he still hasn’t scored this season.
- Connor McMichael is emerging as one of the team’s top forwards. Despite limited ice time, he consistently generates chances and contributes in various aspects of the game. It’s time for the coaching staff to consider utilizing players like McMichael on the power play.
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