Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | December 16, 2017
| Anaheim Ducks
| Washington Capitals
· The Capitals will have a day off on Sunday. Washington will resume with a practice at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday with media availability to follow.
· Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in overtime, marking his 21 st overtime goal, which is the highest total in the history of the NHL. Additionally, that marked Ovechkin’s 98 th career game-winning goal, passing Bobby Hull and Guy Lafleur for ninth place on the all-time list. Ovechkin’s 23 goals this season is tied for first in the NHL. Additionally, Ovechkin recorded an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal, his eighth multi-point game this season.
· Nicklas Backstrom opened the scoring for the Capitals in the third period. Backstrom sits five goals shy of 200 career NHL/Capitals goals and two goals shy of passing Bengt-Ake Gustafsson (196) for seventh place on the Capitals’ all-time goals scored list.
· Braden Holtby stopped 28 of the 30 shots, including all 10 in the third period and overtime. Holtby improved to 12-4-0 on home ice this season.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game with is 11 th goal of the season to extend his point streak to three games (1g, 2a). The Capitals are 6-3-0 when Kuznetsov records a goal and 16-4-1 when Kuznetsov records a point this season.
· Jakub Vrana recorded an assist on Kuznetsov’s goal, his third point (2g, 1a) in his last three games. Vrana is currently on a three-game point streak.
· John Carlson recorded an assist and has recorded a point in 19 of his 34 games this season. Prior to tonight’s game, Carlson’s 24 points (3g, 21a) was tied for second among NHL defensemen this season. The Capitals are 15-4-1 when Carlson records a point.
· Tom Wilson logged a career-high 19:58 of ice time and recorded an assist, giving him 12 points (3g, 9a) in his last 17 games. Additionally, Wilson led the team in shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (27 shots for, 7 against, 79.41 shot attempt percentage).
· Devante Smith-Pelly played in his 300 th career NHL game.
· Matt Niskanen led the team with 25:23 minutes of ice time.
· Jay Beagle won nine of his 14 face-offs (64 percent); tied with Backstrom for the most face-off wins. That’s the ninth time this season Beagle has led the team in face-off wins in a game.
· With the win, Washington improved to 21-12-1 on the season and are now first place in the Metropolitan Division.
· The Capitals are on a season-high six-game winning streak at Capital One Arena.
· The Capitals are 10-2-0 at Capital One Arena in their last 12 home games and 14-5-0 at home this season. That’s the most home wins in the NHL this season.
· The Capitals improved to 17-15-1-1 all-time against the Ducks and 9-8-1 at Capital One Arena.
· Washington has scored 37 goals in the third period this season, the most of any period.
· The Capitals have scored at least one goal in 27 of their last 30 periods.
· Tonight marked the first time the Capitals won while scoring less than four goals in a game since Nov. 18 versus the Minnesota Wild (3-1). The Capitals have scored at least four goals in eight of their last 11 games.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 382 nd consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Anaheim Ducks Postgame Audio
Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle