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by Matthew Tate on 11/07/13 at 10:05 PM ET
The Washington Capitals extended their win streak to season-high four games with a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild. The Caps had to erase a 2-1 Wild lead late in the third with a Marcus Johansson goal. The Capitals also had a big penalty kill in overtime en route to the skills competition. The win moved the Caps to 9-7-0 on the season. On to the reCap:
Washington Goals: Ovechkin 13 PP (Backstrom, Johansson); Johansson 2 (Wilson, Laich)
Braden Holtby: WIN; 33 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed
Shootout Results: Grabovski - Save; Ovechkin - Post; Backstrom - SCORE (Wrist shot)
Minnesota Goals: Coyle 1 PP (Parise, Koivu); Granlund 2 (Pominville, Niederreiter)
Josh Harding: SO LOSS; 25 Saves' 2 Goals Allowed
Shootout Results: Pominville - Save; Koivu - Post; Coyle - Save
They may have let up a goal early in the game, but the penalty killing team deserves a whole heap of praise for their work at the end of regulation and beginning of overtime. Getting a ticky tacky interference call in the last minute can be a death sentence for a lot of teams. They held their own and made sure this team was getting at least one point tonight.
Braden Holtby was huge during that last-minute penalty kill, as he was the entire game. These are the sort of games that show why Holtby is going to be one of the best goaltenders in the league for the foreseeable future. His biggest highlight came when he flashed the glove on Fontaine from point-break range.
Does Ryan Suter ever leave the ice? He logged 32:23 tonight.
Alex Ovechkin added yet another power play goal tonight and, once again, it was from his usual spot in the left circle. I know teams can't focus all of their attention on one player, but how team continue to allow that play to be them boggles me.
Brooks Laich has been snake bitten as of late, but he was huge in the game-tying goal. He didn't get a piece of it but basically got the Wild defender to stand in just the right place for Johansson to bank it in.
Tom Wilson has put together his first point streak of his career, picking up an assist on Johansson's goal.
A huge moment in the deciding of this game came late in the extra frame as a Karl Alzner shot was blocked by Zach Parise, injuring the Wild forward in the process. Parise is a go-to shootout choice for the Wild, but the injury forced Mike Yeo to elect not to pick him. Maybe it wouldn't have mattered, but it definitely helped not having to face him in the skills competition.
In all seriousness, I am a big fan of Josh Harding. To go through what's he had to go through and still be able to play at an elite level is inspiring to me. Take a look at his foundation to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis here
The Capitals will look to stay perfect in November as they embark on a road trip that will take them to Phoenix this Saturday.
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