Washington Capitals vs. Colorado Avalanche
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | December 12, 2017
| Colorado Avalanche
| Washington Capitals
· The Capitals will have a day off on Wednesday. Washington will resume with a morning skate at 11:30 a.m. at TD Garden on Thursday with media availability to follow.
· Brett Connolly scored the game-winning goal for the Capitals. That marked Connolly’s fourth goal in his last six games and his second game-winning goal of the season. Connolly’s four goals leads the Capitals in the month of December.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded three assists, with two coming as primary helpers. That’s the third time this season Kuznetsov has recorded three assists in a game, which leads the Capitals, and the sixth time this year Kuznetsov has recorded multiple assists in a single game.
· Madison Bowey recorded two assists, his second-career two assist effort. Bowey ranks second among Capitals defensemen in multi-assist efforts (John Carlson: 3). The rookie defenseman has seven assists on the year.
· Jakub Vrana recorded his ninth goal of the season and 13 th point of the season. Entering tonight’s game, Vrana recorded 12 points (8g, 4a), tied for 16th among rookie forwards through games played. Additionally, entering tonight’s game, Vrana's 54.34 shot attempts percentage at five-on-five (382 for, 321 against) led all Capitals forwards with at least 20 games played and ranked seventh among NHL rookies with at least 20 games played.
· John Carlson recorded his third goal of the year. Entering tonight’s game, Carlson was tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in points. Carlson’s third goal of the year also marked his 23rd point in his 32nd game of the season. Last year, Carlson recorded his 23rd point in his 41st game of the season.
· Matt Niskanen scored a goal at four on four. That’s the first four on four goal the Capitals recorded this year. Niskanen also led the Capitals with 25:05 minutes of ice time, the third time this season Niskanen has led the team in time on ice.
· Andre Burakovsky recorded an assist on Niskanen’s goal, marking his 100 th career Capitals/NHL point. Burakovsky became the 77 th Capital all-time to record 100 points with the franchise.
· Devante Smith-Pelly scored an empty net goal. That’s Smith-Pelly’s fifth goal of the year, surpassing his 2016-17 total with the New Jersey Devils last season.
· Chandler Stephenson recorded an assist. That’s Stephenson’s third-straight game with an assist. Prior to tonight’s game, Stephenson's 1.21 assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranked seventh among Capitals forwards.
· Jay Beagle recorded an assist on Smith-Pelly’s goal, his third-straight game with a point (1g, 2a) and his fourth point in his last five games (1g, 4a). Beagle also led the team with seven shots on goal, the first time this season Beagle has led the team in shots.
· Braden Holtby stopped 22 of the 24 shots to improve to 6-2-0 in his last eight starts.
· Lars Eller and Nicklas Backstrom led the team with eight face-off wins.
· Andre Burakovsky led Capitals in shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (16 shot attempts for, 8 against, 66.67 shot attempts percentage).
· With the win, Washington improved to 19-12-1 on the season.
· The Capitals improved to 42-31-9-1 all-time against the Avalanche and 23-13-4-1 at Capital One Arena.
· The Capitals are 9-2-0 at Capital One Arena in their last 11 home games and 13-5-0 at home this season.
· The Capitals have scored at least one goal in 27 of their last 30 periods.
· Washington improved to 13-0-1 when they lead after the first period and 14-0-1 when they lead after the second period.
· The Capitals outshot the Avalanche 27-24, the third consecutive game Washington has outshot their opponent.
· Washington improved to 14-0-0 in games where they score at least four goals. Tonight marked the fifth time in the last six games.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 381 st consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Colorado Avalanche Postgame Audio
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar