Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | January 9, 2018
| Vancouver Canucks
| Washington Capitals
· The Capitals will have a day off on Wednesday. Washington will resume with a morning skate at 10:15 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday prior to facing the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena.
· Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 of the 38 shots, including all 33 he faced at even strength. Grubauer has stopped 143 of the last 146 shots he’s faced at even strength (.979 save percentage) and he’s allowed just one goal at five-on-five in his last six appearances. Grubauer is 3-0-2 in his last six games.
· John Carlson opened the scoring for the Capitals with his fifth goal of the season. Carlson's 34 points (5g, 29a) and 29 assists rank second among NHL defensemen this season. His 34 points are three points shy of his 2016-17 total (9g, 28a) in 29-fewer games.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his 13th goal of the season, the second-most on the team this season. Washington improved to 18-4-2 this season when Kuznetsov records a point. Additionally, Kuznetsov led the team with 10 faceoff wins on 16 draws (63 percent).
· Alex Ovechkin recorded an assist on Carlson’s goal and now sits four assists shy of 500 career assists.
· Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist, his fourth-straight game with an assist (6a).
· Madison Bowey recorded an assist, his 10 th of the season. Bowey ranks fourth among NHL rookies in assists.
· Matt Niskanen recorded an assist; the Capitals are 8-0-0 when he records an assist.
· Dmitry Orlov recorded an assist, his second point in his last three games (1g, 1a).
· Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each led the team with six shots on goal. That’s the third time this season Vrana led the team in shots in a game and the first for Wilson.
· With the win, Washington improved to 27-13-3 on the season and remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division.
· The Capitals have won 10-straight games at home. That’s the longest home winning streak in the NHL this season.
· The Capitals improved to 14-2-2 in their last 16 games.
· Washington recorded 36 shots against Vancouver. That was the Capitals’ highest total in the last 12 games.
· The Capitals are 18-0-1 this season when they hold a lead after the first period.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 386 th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Vancouver Canucks Postgame Audio
Michael Del Zotto
Canucks head coach Travis Green