Ovechkin catches up with Draisaitl on goals and points

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored his 26th goal of the season in Sunday’s 4-2 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks. This put him at the top of the NHL top scorer list and the league-wide scorer rating (54 points). Leon Draisitl from the Edmonton Oilers. Ovechkin was responsible for the 1-0 and also had a number of good scoring chances, but they didn’t yield anything.

The bankruptcy saw the Capitals miss out on second place in the Metropolitan Division. With 51 points from 39 games, they are one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes. Coach Peter Laviolette gave two main reasons for the defeat. “We had a lot of quality chances but we didn’t take enough of them,” he said. In addition, I have John Carlson an extremely important player for the overall structure was missing. The defender was unavailable because he was placed on the Covid protocol.

Both teams started the game at high speed. There were scoring chances for both sides. Washington’s striker missed the clearest shot in the early stages Garnet Hathaway, who is free in front of Vancouver’s goalie Thatcher Demko surfaced but failed to get the puck over the line.

In the middle of the first third, the guests afforded themselves an unnecessary time penalty due to a delay in the game. The consequence followed immediately.

Video: [email protected]: Ovechkin scores with a majority

Ovechkin used the Capitals’ power play to take the lead with a wonderful direct shot from the left face-off circle. The home side’s fans last celebrated their team’s majority goal in the Capital One Arena on November 26th.

The Canucks got off to a flying start in the second period. Elias Pettersson used a power play to equalize 1:1. At this point just 33 seconds had passed. As a result, Vancouver kept pushing and was rewarded for the effort. Again it was Pettersson, the Washington goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov overcame and made his brace perfect. But the guests didn’t have enough by a long shot.

A minute before the end of the middle period, they again let the disc run through their ranks in a situation worth seeing and Bo Horvat completed skillfully to 3:1.

In the last third, the Capitals braced themselves against the impending defeat with all their might. A power play helped them score.

Tom Wilson carried the puck out of the slot to make it 2:3 over the line. In the final phase, the hosts put everything on one card. Coach Laviolette took goalie Samsonov off the ice for a sixth fielder.

Video: [email protected]: Canucks with a brace from Pettersson

But the goal fell on the other side. on pass by Brock Boeser met J.T. Miller into the orphaned Capitals case and thus made the 4:2 away win for the Canucks perfect.

For Vancouver, the double point win came at the right time. Before the guest appearance in Washington, coach Bruce Boudreau’s team had screwed up all three games on their current road trip. She lost 5-2 to the Florida Panthers, lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the first mini-crisis under the experienced coach, who took over the reins on December 6 and then led the team from victory to victory. After 38 games and now with 37 points, the Canucks still only rank seventh in the Pacific Division.

Boudreau praised his charges for their courageous performance with the Capitals. “I’m very proud of the team. Everyone did their job today. If that’s the case and the power play works, you’re successful,” he said.

Attacker Pettersson was not only happy about his two goals, but also about the successful overall performance of the Canucks. “We put in a good performance for 60 minutes today. Of course there are still a few things that can be improved. But all in all we can be satisfied,” was his assessment.

Washington and Vancouver are next in action on Tuesday.

The Capitals host the Winnipeg Jets (7 pm ET; NHL.tv; Wed 1 a.m. EST) and the Canucks drop their calling card with the Nashville Predators (8 pm ET; NHL.tv; Wed 2 a.m. EST).

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