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Game 75 at Minnesota Wild (W 5-4 OT)

March 28 2017 at 4:20 PM

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Late start tonight (8:00 my time), but I'm off tomorrow so as soon as I finish this post it's eat, nap, and hopefully wake before game time for me...

https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-minnesota-wild-game-preview/c-288175362

Preview: Capitals at Wild
Washington looks to build on lead for first place in NHL; Minnesota 1-7-1 in past nine games
by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent
3:12 PM

CAPITALS (49-17-8) at WILD (44-24-7)

8 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-N, CSN-DC, NHL.TV



Capitals team scope

The Washington Capitals lead the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins by three points -- with a game in hand on the Penguins -- for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL (they also lead the Chicago Blackhawks by three points in the Presidents' Trophy race). The Capitals have won four straight and five of their past six (5-0-1). "You [have to] be in the moment," coach Barry Trotz said. "The moment is we got a big game against the Minnesota Wild … Every point matters, so let's just have a shift to shift focus, game to game focus and compete at a real high level." Goaltender Braden Holtby will start and could earn his 40th win for a third straight season. "It means we have success as a team," Holtby said. "[It means] we're going to be in the playoffs. It shows consistency … It's just one of those goals that you can set at the start of the year and try to get there." Forward Alex Ovechkin needs one goal to tie Johnny Bucyk (556) for 26th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.



Wild team scope

The Wild have lost three straight, are 1-7-1 in their past nine games, and sit eight points behind the Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. "We're playing the best team in the League," coach Bruce Boudreau said, "and if you look at it as 'Uh-oh we're playing the best team in the League' instead of as, 'Man, what a challenge, we're playing the best team in the League,' if you embrace that instead of shy away from it I think you usually have a better chance at success." Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start. Dubnyk is 1-5-1 with an .875 save percentage in his past eight games.



Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt, Paul Carey

Injured: None



Wild projected lineup

Charlie Coyle -- Eric Staal -- Zach Parise

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart -- Erik Haula -- Ryan White

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella -- Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin -- Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Jordan Schroeder, Christian Folin

Injured: Victor Bartley (arm)



Status report

The Capitals and Wild are expected to use the same lineups from their previous games.

Who's hot

Ovechkin has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Backstrom has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in his past seven games. … Oshie has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Staal has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past 10 games. … Parise has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games.


    
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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:09 PM 


 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:18 PM 

First 2:00, all Wild and in the Caps' end... TV timeout, 13:04 left 1st.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz so far.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:28 PM 

Orlov to the box at 12:11 left... clear, clear, offside Wild, and cleared and killed...

Ovechkin works hard to keep it in... to Backstrom...

to Oshie! 1-0 Caps!


 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:29 PM 

Beagle and Parise collide, both down, Beagle up (and heading for the box, I think)... timeout with Parise still down and out.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:38 PM 

Oh my- it was Wilson got Parise in the mouth, in the box for 4:00; the Beagle collision was incidental...

1:00 killed and cleared... clear, puck off the ice with 2:07 PK left... clear at 1:58... clear at 1:28... clear at 1:05... clear at :44... cleared at :16, and killed... great job...

Holtby save at 1:36 left 1st, and a TV timeout.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 8:46 PM 

Screwball cheap fight at 1:29, Stewart and Wilson (Parise still out, needed helped off when he left)...

1:24 offside Caps...

1-0 Caps, end 1st. Scrum in the corner at the whistle, no calls.

Great road period.

 
 

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March 28 2017, 8:56 PM 


Stats pretty much all Wild, except SOGs, giveaways (2-5 Caps) and scoreboard.

 
 

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March 28 2017, 9:08 PM 

2nd on... in the fight, Wilson was facially bloodied badly, guess it was a cut from the visor- JB says not in the box, and not on the bench as of yet...

all Wild, and at 17:43 left 2nd it's 1-1.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 9:16 PM 

15:28 left, Caps finally to the PP... 4 forwards- top line and Johansson... not much different, killed... 3 SOGs on it, but no goal.

 
 

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March 28 2017, 9:21 PM 

And right back on the PP... Wilson is back, with stitches...

Ovie!! Shattenkirk gets it out long to Backstrom's tape, no look across to Ovechkin. No chance for the goalie.

2-1 Caps!!

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 9:22 PM 

The Wilson high stick on Parise, thanks to kickassdrummer at Bumper's:

https://mobile.twitter.com/stopthehats/ ... 16/video/1

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 9:27 PM 

Now PP Wild, delay of game Caps... :08 left in the Wild PP, they go 4 on 4 for a hook, then the Caps with 1:52 of the man advantage... TV timeout.

 
 

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March 28 2017, 9:30 PM 

Ovechkin!!!

3-1 Caps!!!

 
 

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March 28 2017, 9:36 PM 

Wild come right back, Hanzal with a rebound.

3-2

Holtby another big save... this one ain't over.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 9:44 PM 

3-2 Caps, end 2nd.

 
 

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March 28 2017, 10:24 PM 

Had to reboot... Caps killed another penalty... 11:00 left in reg... 8:53, icing Wild... 8:02, timeout...

7:39 Caps to the PP, Kuz got slahed on the left hand...

HAT TRICK!!!

4-2 Caps!!!!

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 10:29 PM 

5:30 left reg... 5:00 and the Wild cut it to 1 again at 4:57... crazy bouncing puck, and off Orlov changing direction...

4-3. Nailbiter.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 10:37 PM 

3:14, puck off the ice... Wild keep the pressure on... 2:20... 1:40... 1:20, EN... :30...

4-4. Great work by the Wild.

 
 

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Re: Game 74 at Minnesota Wild

March 28 2017, 10:42 PM 

Challenged (from Toronto)... good goal... it was offside, they blew the call...

:11.1 icing Caps... OT.


 
 
 
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