St. Louis sends Capitals to seventh loss in nine games, wins 5-4 (SO); Carlson scores two goals on the power play in 900th NHL game

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The Washington Capitals lost 5-4 to the St. Louis Blues Thursday night in a shootout at the Enterprise Center. The loss lowered Washington’s record that season to 7-9-3.

With the loss, the Capitals are now seventh in the Metropolitan Division and are currently two points behind the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, with the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning holding one and two games, respectively, on them . Goaltender Charlie Lindgren stopped 20 shots in his first game in St. Louis after spending last season with their organization.

The Lines of Capitals in St. Louis

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Aliaksei Protas
Sonny Milano-Dylan Strome-Conor Sheary
Connor McMichael – Lars Eller – Anthony Mantha
Marcus Johansson – Nic Dowd – Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson—John Carlson
Martin Fehervary—Nick Jensen
Matt IrwinTrevor Van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kumper

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, D Alexander Alexeyev

Injured: RW Connor Brown (ACL, missed 15th straight game, out indefinitely); D Dmitry Orlov (lower body, sixth, day-to-day); LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 19th, undetermined); RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 19th, undetermined); C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 19th, undetermined); RW TJ Oshie (lower body, 10th, undetermined); LW Beck Malenstyn (fingers, eights, week to week)

Suspension: RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel (last of three)

Protas replaced Milano, who slipped down a row in the top trio. McMichael replaced Snively and Johansson was demoted to fourth row. Carlson played the 900th NHL game of his career.

Lines of St Louis

Pavel Buchnevich-Robert Thomas-Vladimir Tarasenko
Brandon Saad – Ryan O’Reilly – Josh Leivo
Ivan Barbashev – Brayden Schenn – Jordan Kyrou
Nikita Alexandrov – Noel Acciari – Tyler Pitlick

Nick Leddy — Niko Mikkola
Torrey Krug—Justin Faulk
Calle Rosen — Tyler Tucker

Thomas Gress
Jordan Binnington

Scratched: LW Nathan Walker, RW Alexey Toropchenko

Injured: D. Colton Parayko (undisclosed, runner-up, by the day), D. Robert Bortuzzo (torso, fifth, undetermined), D. Marco Scandella (hip, 16th, undetermined), D. Scott Perunovich (shoulder , 16th, undetermined), C Logan Brown (torso, fifth, undetermined)

First Period


4:56, 1:0 St. Louis: After taking the pick in the defensive zone, Kyrou ran to the slot and dropped the puck to Schenn, who ripped one past Lindgren’s glove from the right point.

7:10, 2:0: Tarasenko threw the puck out of the neutral zone and Buchnevich hit Carlson, wrapping around the net and hitting Lindgren on the right pad.

11:49, 3-0 (PPG): Krug shot from top to bottom right at Lindgren’s pad after playing catch with Thomas, who was at the left point.

Shots: 9-8 Washington

Other notable stats: St. Louis won 74% of their ties and scored once on three power plays. Washington had no food stalls, while St. Louis has been credited with three.

Second Period


15:12, 3: 1: After Strome had forced a turnover from Tarasenko, he put a cross ice pass on the backhand to Ovechkin in front of the net. Ovechkin took a few steps, hesitated, and fired a gloved-side shot at Greiss.

17:36, 3-2 (SHG): Dowd sled the puck out of the defensive zone, fed Carlson in the neutral zone and Carlson called his own number in the top left corner. The 32-year-old scored his second man-man goal of his career.

18:02, 4-2: O’Reilly covered a backhand shot into the top right corner forward after receiving a pass from Leivo just north of the goal line.

Shots: 26-16 Washington (including 17-9 in the second)

Other notable stats: St. Louis won 67% of faceoffs and scored once on their first four power plays. Washington had no freebies while St. Louis had four.

third Period


15:45, 4-3 (PPG): Carlson once did a cross-ice feed of Strome from the top of the left dot on Greiss’s glove. It was Carlson’s ninth career multi-goal game. Carlson is one of three players this season to have a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal in the same game (Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat, New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad) and the only defenseman to do so. Strome recorded two assists, which was his third multi-assist game this season and his team-leading fifth multi-point game.

16:57, 4-4: Sheary buried a pass from Kuznetsov deep after Kuznetsov got the puck, toe-draw around Thomas, and Ovechkin turned and passed Kuznetsov in the corner. With his third point of the night, Ovechkin passed Bryan Trottier (1,425) for the 18th most points in NHL history. Ovechkin recorded his 400th career multi-point game against St. Louis, overtaking Mark Recchi (399) for 15th place in NHL history.

Dowd hit in a rebound from Orlov’s shot, but with a high stick and checked Greiss in the chest with a 2:23 left. So there was no gate.

Shots: 49-20 Washington (22-3 in the third)

Other notable stats: St. Louis won 66% of faceoffs and led 16-10 in blocked shots. Washington finished on a giveaway while St. Louis earned a six. Both teams scored a power play goal (Washington had three chances, St. Louis four).

The Capitals limited St. Louis to three shots on goal in the third half, the fewest shots they have conceded in a single half this season.

Over time



Shots: 51-24 Washington (4-2 St. Louis in overtime)

The Capitals recorded 51 shots on goal against St. Louis, the first time Washington had 50 or more shots on goal in a game since March 20, 2019, when they lost 5-4 in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals are one of eight teams to have at least 50 shots in a game this season.


Kyrou (St.Louis): accelerated, slowed, denied by Lindgren’s right block

Kuznetsov (Washington): Deked slowly, shot a blocker page past Greiss

Tarasenko (St. Louis): Walked in and denied with the blocker

Ovechkin (Washington): Deked on the backhand and shanked the shot blocker side

O’Reilly (St. Louis): Walk in, counterattacked, fake shot, wait, hit top corner

Carlson (Washington): Flown in, waited, denied by the pad after Greiss stretched out

Schenn (St. Louis): Thrown sideways, deked, hit the left post

Mantha (Washington): ran left, got in the middle, marked, fired one into Greiss’ left pad when the stick broke

Thomas (St. Louis): missed goal, ran in, made a mark, missed the net

Strome (Washington): took it wide, conceded, went in middle, closed by five holes

Buchnevich (St. Louis): Skate, wait, fire a top left corner

Sheary (Washington): small circle out, went down wing, fired one wide

Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado Avalanche (7:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Washington in market, ESPN+ out of market)

By Harrison Brown


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