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Capitals' Tom Wilson: Scores twice in robust performance
Wilson tallied a pair of goals and racked up a game-high 10 hits in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Managers who have Wilson rostered in hits leagues have to be beside themselves with Monday's performance. In addition to his double-digit total in that category, Wilson also scored twice in less than three minutes late in the first period. The 26-year-old has three goals and two assists through the first four games of the season. Surprisingly, the rambunctious winger has only taken a single minor penalty in the same stretch.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Lights lamp for first time
Kuznetsov scored a goal on a team-leading six shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Kuznetsov worked himself free on the doorstep to knock home a rebound midway through the second period, extending the Washington lead to 4-2. It was Kuznetsov's first goal in four games this season, though he was coming off a two-assist outing two nights earlier against the Penguins.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Lars Eller: Opens scoring with first goal
Eller scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Eller joined an odd-man rush in the first period and buried a shot from the right faceoff dot, giving Washington a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. It was Eller's first goal of the season. The 31-year-old has reliably produced in the range of 15 goals and 30 points for each of the last three seasons and is only a fantasy option in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Vitek Vanecek: Yields five in OT loss
Vanecek made 25 saves Tuesday in a 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Vanecek and the Capitals were unable to make 3-1 and 4-2 leads hold up against the potent Penguins. Two of Pittsburgh's goals came on juicy rebounds, including Sidney Crosby's winner. Colton Sceviour also scored on a bad rebound in the first period following a harmless-looking zone entry by Kasperi Kapanen. Vanecek had been rock solid in his first start last Friday, a 2-1 win over Buffalo, and could still remain in the rotation with No. 1 netminder Ilya Samsonov scuffling.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Daniel Sprong: Skating in top six
Sprong skated alongside Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the second line during Tuesday's morning skate, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Sprong managed just 8:01 of ice time in his debut with the Capitals on Sunday, so it's not clear if the 23-year-old winger has impressed his coaching staff enough to get a long look in the top six or if they're merely looking to jump-start a lagging offense. At any rate, the 46th overall pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft could be a bargain option for those in daily formats in the short term.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Shuffled to third line
Oshie skated alongside Richard Panik and Lars Eller during Tuesday's morning skate, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
After a three-point outing in the season-opener, Oshie has managed no points and just three shots in the last two contests. The move to the third line is likely more a reflection of head coach Peter Laviolette's desire to jump-start the offense than a permanent reduction in the 34-year-old's role. Needless to say, though, his appeal in daily formats takes a hit as long as he's outside the top six.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Vitek Vanecek: Guarding cage Tuesday
Vanecek will get the start on the road Tuesday against the Penguins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Vanecek dazzled in a 2-1 victory in his NHL debut against the Sabres on Jan. 15 and will look to stake the Capitals to a victory in the final match of a four-game road trip to open the season. The 25-year-old is worth stashing if Ilya Samsonov continues to struggle and is a capable netminder to deploy in standard and daily formats whenever he gets the nod.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Another two-point effort
Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins. He also had six shots and four hits.
Ovechkin banged home a loose puck on top of the crease to give Washington a 2-1 lead in the latter stages of the first period. He also drew the second assist on Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal in the middle stanza. The 35-year-old is off to yet another fast start with four points through three games and shows no signs of slowing down after last year's 48-goal performance.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Pair of helpers in shootout defeat
Kuznetsov dished out two assists with two shots and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Kuznetsov drew his assists on go-ahead goals by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the first and second periods, respectively. They were the first points of the season for the 28-year-old, who had 19 goals and 33 assists in 63 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nic Dowd: Scores first of 2020-21
Dowd scored a goal on his lone shot in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Dowd got the Capitals on the board with backhander from the slot, tying the game at 12:04 of the opening period. It was the first goal of the season for the veteran checking center, who registered 15 points in 56 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Finds twine on power play
Backstrom scored a power-play goal on two shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins.
Backstrom tapped home an Evgeny Kuznetsov cross-crease feed to give Washington a 3-2 lead midway through the second period. It was Backstrom's first goal of the season and gave him three points through his first three games. Backstrom, 33, has consistently produced 70-plus points throughout his NHL career when he's played a full season, and he managed to supply 54 last year in only 61 games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Handed shootout loss
Samsonov allowed three goals on 27 shots Sunday in a 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh.
Samsonov will want to have back his giveaway behind that net that led directly to Pittsburgh's second goal early in the middle frame. That goal, by Colton Sceviour, tied the game at 2-2, although the Capitals were able to regain a short-lived lead eight minutes later. Samsonov owns an .868 save percentage after two games and will look to get back into the win column Tuesday in a rematch with the Penguins.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Set for road start
Samsonov will patrol the road crease for Sunday's game against the Penguins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
The 23-year-old backstopped his team to an Opening Night victory against the Sabres on Thursday, stopping 22 of 26 shots in the contest. Samsonov is expected to handle workhorse goaltending duties this season with veteran Braden Holtby out of the picture, so it's likely he could start Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh also. The Russian will face a high-powered Pittsburgh offense that has gotten off to a slow start this season, potting just five goals through their first two games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Stars in win over Sabres
Wilson scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Sabres.
He was actually involved in all three goals on the night, as Rasmus Ristolainen's point shot early in the third period deflected off Wilson's leg before ruining Vitek Vanecek's shutout bid. The veteran winger redeemed himself about seven minutes later by firing home the winner from the top of the circle on his only shot of the night. Wilson has posted back-to-back 20-goal, 40-point campaigns despite not playing more than 68 games in either, so this season's shortened schedule might not put a big dent in his final numbers.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Vitek Vanecek: Dazzles in NHL debut
Vanecek made 30 saves in Friday's 2-1 win over the Sabres.
The 25-year-old came up with a number of spectacular saves in his NHL debut and played well enough to earn a shutout, with the only puck to get past him deflecting off Tom Wilson's leg in the slot before finding twine. Vanecek remains behind Ilya Samsonov on the depth chart for the Caps for now, but if he continues performing at this level, he could push his way into a bona fide time share.... See More ... See Less