Capitals beat Red Wings 2-0

The Washington Capitals kicked off their brief back-to-back trip Thursday night. The first half of this back-to-back game against the young Detroit Red Wings.

Dmitry Orlov gave the Capitals an early lead. Lars Eller extended that lead just ten seconds later.

First NHL game, first NHL shutout for Zach Fucale!

The Capitals beat the Red Wings 2-0!

  • The first period was a story of two halves. The first ten minutes felt like the Capitals weren’t even really on the ice. Natural Stat Trick had Detroit with eight high danger chances in that time frame, which I don’t quite agree with, but I would argue with a bunch of 0’s and 1’s as well, so whatever. The second half was good, much better. They scored the first two goals of the game and tightened the Red Wings enough to almost completely equalize the shots. Some big changes from the first line in there.
  • Zach Fucale was absolutely excellent at the time. He dominated his net and gave Detroit next to nothing in terms of second chance opportunities. He was like a basketball center doing a really good job punching the defensive glass. He was just as solid in the second. And… you know the rest.
  • Lars Eller is finally on the board this season and he did so with a great individual blow, narrowly beating Thomas Greiss. The Capitals need Tiger to get a good game play here. He is going to be strongly summoned in all three areas to all strengths.
  • The second period was barely a five-on-five, but when it was, it felt like the Capitals had gained the upper hand until the last two quarters. Connor McMichael narrowly came close to giving the Caps a 3-0 lead, but the puck tiptoed over the goal line.
  • The power play is always maddeningly inept. John carlson did not help. I do not know. It looked like Detroit had done a really good job tonight on their PK, so I don’t want to take anything away from them either.
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk did his second intermission interview in the dark as if he was either a Smash character we haven’t unlocked yet or an informant doing an interview on one of those A&E shows.
  • Carl Hagelin is taking way too many minor penalties so far this season. He’s on the list almost solely because of his ability to eliminate penalties. You can’t do this when you’re sitting in the box all the time.
  • Fantastic third period. I sealed it. Well done, Fucale.
  • I was thinking Nick jensen was noticeably good. Playing against his old team must have added some extra motivation. He’s still great though.
  • I also liked AJF’s overall game. Not flashy, but solid. Looks like the Caps should try not to lose him again because of the waiver thread.

The Caps return to action tomorrow night when they see the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season. Hopefully the barrel stays cold all night.

Title photo courtesy of @molfully