Theodore scores in overtime, Golden Knights beat Capitals 3-2
“We’re a veteran group, so we’ll never be out of action,” Thompson said. “These guys, they know how to win and (we were) confident coming here after the second period that we were going to find a way to get two points tonight.”
Marcus Johansson and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for Washington. Charlie Lindgren stopped 28 of 31 shots.
After Washington and Vegas traded power-play goals in the first period, van Riemsdyk broke the tie just 1:42 from the start of the second, beating Thompson with a shot on the faceoff to carry the score at 2-1. The goal was van Riemsdyk’s first of the season and his first in 42 games since January 28.
With less than six minutes left in regulation time, Carrier tied the score on a shot that went off the right post and inside.
In extra time, Eichel sent a fine pass to Theodore, who came on and beat Lindgren from close range for the winner and his third goal of the season.
“Great play. Obviously he’s a good player with the puck, and I think if you can read his eyes and get into a good position, he’ll find you,” Theodore said of the pass. d’Eichel on his winner in extra time.
Thompson also held Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scoreless. The Capitals captain is one goal away from tying Gordie Howe for the most team goals in NHL history.
“Obviously we know he’s a good player, don’t we?” said Thompson. “No, obviously he’s got that shot, so that’s something we understood. There’s a reason why he’s got something like 800 goals. He’s a goalscorer and we’ve done a good job of taking him out.
Washington scored a point but was not unscathed, losing Beck Malenstyn to an upper body injury after diving to stop a shot from the point. He joins a long list of injured Capitals, including TJ Oshie, Connor Brown, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Carl Hagelin and John Carlson.
Following more adversity, head coach Peter Laviolette wanted to see a better effort from Washington in the final 20 minutes of regulation, where he believed things were starting to fall apart for the injury-riddled club.
“I didn’t like the way we played in the third period. I understand the circumstances, I understand the situation, but that doesn’t mean you have to like the way we played the third,” Laviolette said. “I thought we sat down, we left too many holes and we gave a lot of chances…not enough press and too many chances against.”
Connor Brown will be out six to eight months after ACL surgery. … John Carlson missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Phil Kessel is now six games out of 1,000 straight games played. … Jack Eichel and Alex Ovechkin are on three-game point streaks. … Reilly Smith was rocked after a kick from behind by Martin Fehervary, but finished the match.
Golden Knights: Continuation of the move from the Eastern Conference Thursday to the Ottawa Senators.
Capitals: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.
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