The Washington Capitals have 30 games in the books now and an incredible 21-4-5 record over that span. If you were listing the keys to their success, their offensive depth would have to be high on that list.
With his first of two goals on Wednesday, John Carlson became the sixth player on the Capitals to reach the 10-goal milestone. Not only does that lead the league, but no other team has more than four, per the Capitals.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a strong backup either. Braden Holtby has been a solid, if not top-tier goaltender so far this season, but backup Ilya Samsonov has been a huge difference maker. He has a 7-2-1 record, 2.42 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 10 games this season. Contrast that with Toronto for example, who have yet to win a game where Frederik Andersen wasn’t in net. Having an effective one-two punch between the pipes is a great luxury and Wednesday was yet another night where that came into play for the Capitals with Samsonov limiting Los Angeles to a mere goal.
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COLORADO 3 TORONTO 1
The Maple Leafs’ only goal was scored by Zach Hyman. He’s up to three goals and four points in 11 contests in 2019-20.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 of 39 shots last night. He’s won three consecutive games and has allowed only five goals over that span.
Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him 18 goals and 44 points in 27 contests.
Valeri Nichushkin accounted for the game-winning goal. He’s up to three goals and six points in 23 games.
Frederik Andersen turned aside 27 of 29 Colorado shots. He was perfect in five-on-five play, but he surrendered a shorthanded goal and another during an Avalanche power-play.
PITTSBURGH 3 ST. LOUIS 0
Tristan Jarry stopped all 28 Blues shots. It was his first perfect game of the season and the third of the season.
David Perron fired four shots on Jarry. Nevertheless, his eight-game point streak has come to an end.
Teddy Blueger netted the game-winning goal. He has three goals and seven points in 28 games.
Alex Galchenyuk also found the back of the net. He’s up to two goals and 10 points in 19 contests.
Jordan Binnington turned aside 30 of 33 shots last night. He surrendered a goal in each period.
OTTAWA 5 EDMONTON 2
Tyler Ennis scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He’s up to eight goals and 15 points in 29 contests.
Connor Brown also contributed to Ottawa’s victory by scoring a goal and an assist. He has three goals and 17 points in 29 games.
Craig Anderson stopped 24 of 26 Oilers shots. He has a 5-8-0 record, 2.89 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 15 games.
Both of Edmonton’s goals were assisted on by Sam Gagner. He has a marker and seven points in 14 contests.
WASHINGTON 3 LOS ANGELES 1
John Carlson netted a pair of goals for the Capitals. He’s up to 11 goals and 42 points in 30 games.
Washington’s other goal was scored by Tom Wilson. That gives him 11 goals and 20 points in 30 contests.
Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 of 23 Kings shots. He’s up to a 7-2-1 record, 2.42 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 10 contests.
Blake Lizotte accounted for the Kings’ lone goal. It was his third goal and 10th point in 29 games.
Jonathan Quick saved 19 of 21 shots Wednesday night. He has a 7-11-1 record, 3.29 GAA, and .883 save percentage in 19 starts.