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Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia Attendance: 18,871
Capitals look to get back on track vs. Canucks
Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks
- The Capitals have taken seven of the last eight meetings with the Canucks, including both meetings last season by a combined score of 8-4. Vancouver's lone win came at home on October 26, 2017, by a score of 6-2; the Canucks have scored two goals or fewer in each of the seven losses.
- Washington fell in overtime, 4-3, in Edmonton last night, but have taken points in five straight (4-0-1). The Capitals blocked 21 shots in the loss, their fourth game with 20+ blocked shots this season. They have 21 such games since the start of last season, third most in the NHL behind the Senators (28) and Islanders (23).
- Vancouver won, 5-2, in Detroit for its sixth win in seven games. The Canucks scored all five goals in the third period, their first five-goal third period since Game 5 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. Their +6 goal differential in the third period this season is tied for third best in the NHL behind the Predators (+12) and the Avalanche (+7).
- Alex Ovechkin scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season in Thursday's loss, his third straight game with a goal and ninth straight with a point. He looks to extend that streak to 10 games for the sixth time in his career; among active skaters, only Sidney Crosby (nine) and Evgeni Malkin (six) have as many such streaks.
- John Carlson picked up an assist in the loss to Edmonton, his NHL-leading 21st point of the season. That's the most by an NHL blueliner through his team's first 12 games since Calgary's Al MacInnis had 21 in 1990-91; MacInnis finished that season with 103 points, ninth most in the NHL.
- Bo Horvat recorded his first career hat trick in Tuesday's win over Detroit, scoring the Canucks' first two goals in the first 3:13 of the third period before adding the empty-netter at 18:48. Horvat has seven shots on goal in each of his last two games, matching his career high; he had no more than three shots in any of his first seven games.
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After blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers at Edmonton on Thursday night, the Washington Capitals were already looking ahead to Friday night's game at the Vancouver Canucks.
Leon Draisaitl's second goal of the game at 1:18 of overtime at the end of a back-and-forth breakout with Connor McDavid capped the three-goal comeback for the Oilers, who sent the game into overtime on McDavid's goal with 1:38 left in regulation.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Capitals, who are in the midst of a five-game road trip that concludes on Tuesday in Toronto.
"It's a game that slipped a little bit out of our hands at the end," said Capitals forward Jakub Vrana, who scored the team's first goal Thursday night. "Their top line pushed really hard there and got rewarded for it.
"We have to forget this one really quick and already focus on the game [Friday] and make sure we play a full game and a full 60 minutes."
Asked if he was glad about the quick turnaround after the tough loss, Alex Ovechkin, who scored two goals, said, "For sure. Have to bounce back right away (and) get back on track."
The disappointing ending overshadowed a record-setting night for Ovechkin, who had put the Capitals ahead 3-1 with two goals in the second period, the second of which came on the power play. It was his 125th career power play goal scored on the road, passing Brett Hull for the most in NHL regular-season history. It was also his 250th overall power play goal, just the fourth player in NHL history to reach that mark.
Ovechkin enters Friday night's game with 667 career goals, just one behind Luc Robitaille for 12th place in NHL history.
Vancouver will be well rested after finishing off a four-game road trip with a 5-2 victory at Detroit on Tuesday night. Center Bo Horvat scored his first career hat during a five-goal third period for the Canucks, who trailed 2-0 after two periods.
"It was pretty nice," said Horvat, who grew up about two hours away in London, Ontario, and had more than 70 friends and family in attendance. "Obviously, I had a lot of friends and family in the crowd tonight. It couldn't have come at a better time, (and) to get a win out of it is huge."
It was the sixth victory in seven games for Vancouver, which is tied for fourth place in the Pacific Division with the Anaheim Ducks with 12 points. The Canucks are 3-0-0 at home this season, with wins over the Los Angeles Kings (8-2), Philadelphia Flyers (3-2 in a shootout) and Detroit (5-1).
Vancouver coach Travis Green knows his rebuilding team faces a formidable test against the Capitals, who are tied with Edmonton and the Buffalo Sabres for most points in the NHL with 17.
"They're a great team, one of the best teams in the league, and have been for a while," Green said of Washington. "Just recently won a Stanley Cup (2018) and got a lot of the same players on the team. I could go on and on about them but they're a pretty good hockey team. ... It will be a good test for our team."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 25, 2019