The Canucks travelled to Washington for a match up with the Capitals and their superstar Alexander Ovechkin, yet the return of Ryan Miller was not enough as the Canucks lost 4-1 in the nation’s capital.
For the Capitals Braden Holtby is playing the best hockey of his career. Holtby is 20-0-2 in his past 22 decisions and passed Don Beaupre on the Capitals’ all-time goaltending wins list with the 129th victory of his NHL career.
After a scoreless first period, the Capitals got the first goal of the game off the stick of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov poked the puck free from Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler and created a 2-on-1 in the Canucks zone. Orlov fed Kuznetsov, who deked and sent a backhand shot past Miller at the 6:12 mark of the second period.
In the third the Capitals made it 3-0 when Tom Wilson scored his 4th of the year at 1:37 of the third period. Kuznetsov sent a no-look backhand pass from behind the net, and Wilson easily tapped it in.
The Canucks were able to end Holtby’s shutout bid at 11:09 of the third period when Radim Vrbata scored his 11th goal on the year on a 5-on-3 power play.
Before it was all said and done Evgeny Kuznetsov would add at empty net goal to make it 4-1.
The Canucks fall to 17-17-10 on the year, and in the midst of a heated battle for the last playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference.
Up next: The Canucks travel to Carolina for a matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow afternoon with puck drop at 4:00pm.
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