The first time the Caps and Golden Knights met, it was a miserable night in Vegas just before Christmas in which the road team got shut out. Now, on Superb Owl Sunday, the Caps played much, much better. This was actually a darn fun game, and well played by both teams. That said, the ending sucked just as much as these teams’ first meeting back in December.
Chandler Stephenson, of all people, scored first – a pretty drive that one might not expect out of a 23-year-old. Ryan Carpenter got the Knights on the board with a rush goal against the Ovi line, tying the game at one after one period.
In the second, Matt Niskanen scored on a terrific sequence quarterbacked by Kuznetsov but facilitated by Alex Ovechkin’s net-crash. Vegas responded with a delayed play of their own, as Reilly Smith scored on his third swat at Philipp Grubauer’s net during a Brooks Orpik penalty.
Again in the third the Caps struck first, with Nick Backstrom hitting the back of the net thanks to assists from his countrymen Christian Djoos and Andre Burakovsky. Once again, the Knights came back with Smith recording his second goal of the game, again on the rush. The Knights sort of took over after that, earning a lead with a challenged-but-upheld goal by Alex Tuch.
Knights beat Caps 4-3.
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Go… Eagles? Patriots? I swear to goodness I do not care one bit. Enjoy your fried food though!
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