Capitals Penalty Kill Streak Ends at 35 in 3-2 Win Over Florida
Capitals Penalty Kill Streak Ends on High Note
The Washington Capitals killed off 35 straight penalties before allowing the game-tying goal on a 4-on-3 Florida man advantage. The Capitals killed the first 5 power plays of the game before the goal that sent the game to overtime and subsequent shootout was scored on the Panthers' 6th and final power play of the game. Michal Neuvirth came up big, keeping rebounds close while the Capitals defense and forwards found lanes and zipped the puck out hard with regularity.
The Capitals allowed 12 shots on their 6 penalty kills, but they cleared the zone 24 separate times. All but a couple of these ended up back behind the Panthers goal line, not just dumped out to center. The video shows each and every clear, paying a bit of homage to a Capitals penalty kill that deserves a lot of credit on this night as well.
Capitals Penalty Kill on the Season
Washington continues to maintain a solid grasp on the second spot in the NHL on the penalty kill. Their 90.7% puts them behind Colorado (92.7%) and ahead of Vancouver (87.3%). The season is still early and the Capitals can certainly thank their goaltending for this high mark, but the team has done a marvelous job of getting the puck out on their first try, even after allowing a considerable amount of zone time. Kudos to the PK guys.
Nicklas Backstrom Starts and Ends Scoring
Without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup for the past two games, Nicklas Backstrom has been playing like a superstar again. He's finally putting the puck in the net, not passing up shot after shot looking for a perfect pass. He scored the Caps' first goal for the second straight game and ended it in the shootout as he beat Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen.
Aside from Backstrom's third goal in two games, defenseman John Carlson scored the first goal by a Capitals defenseman this season who is currently on the roster. The only goal coming from the back end this year was the Connor Carrick breakaway goal as Carrick came out of the penalty box behind everyone. Carlson's goal was set up on a pretty cross-ice pass from Michael Latta.
Carlson played a team-high 26:15 while picking up the game's third star after the two netminders. Neuvirth was the first star with 33 saves while Clemmensen's 23 saves gave him the second star of the game.
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