Sports Canucks drop 5th straight as Capitals too much at home

07:06  10 january  2018
07:06  10 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory and NHL-best 10th in a row at home .

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a man riding on the back of a hockey game in the snow: Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates his goal in the Capitals' 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates his goal in the Capitals' 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Philipp Grubauer conserved his energy during a lull of a second period and needed every bit of it in the third to keep the Washington Capitals' streaks alive.

Grubauer made 20 of his 37 saves in the third period to help the Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory and NHL-best 10th in a row at home. Washington's backup goaltender picked up his third win of the season and had only one regret afterward: not shooting at the empty net to try to score.

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It was Washington’s NHL-best 10 th straight home win. Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist and Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who have dropped five in a row. Capitals beat Canucks to win NHL-best 10th in a row at home .

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"I'm not looking to score a goal, but I had so much time and I should have shot it," Grubauer said. "I wanted to maybe play it safe, [which] is the right thing to do."

Markstrom keeps Canucks in it

The Capitals did a lot of things right to hand the Canucks their fifth consecutive loss. John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored against Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced and 17 of 18 in the second to keep his team in the game.

"The game should have been over after the second. We were so bad," captain Henrik Sedin said. "If he wouldn't have been there, it wouldn't have been a game. He gave us a chance to at least play in the third and come back."

Daniel Sedin scored the Canucks' only goal on a 5-on-3 power play. Vancouver has gone 2-11-2 in its past 15 games to go from third in the Pacific Division to 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.

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Washington beat the Vancouver Canucks , 3-1, for its 10 th straight home win. This is the last week before the Capitals ’ five -day bye week, so Trotz wanted to get Grubauer some action to avoid too long a layoff between starts.

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Capitals continue to roll at home

Washington is on the opposite track, now leading the Metropolitan Division by four points. Tuesday's effort wasn't the sharpest, but the Capitals again found a way to pick up two points.

"Has this game been our best of the year? I don't know," Eller said. "Definitely this stretch has been our best of the year."

The Capitals haven't lost at home since Nov. 30 and are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games in Washington.

"I don't if it's just being comfortable or not, but hopefully it's something that we can bring on the road with us," Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.

Grubauer holds fort in 3rd period

Smith-Pelly was responsible for the most tension of the night when he fought Canucks defenceman Ben Hutton after a late hit on Brooks Orpik. Smith-Pelly called it "unnecessary" more than dirty, and Hutton didn't mind dropping the gloves.

"I knew I had to answer the bell," Hutton said. "We fought, and he said thanks in the box for stepping up. It's just another hockey play."

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Grubauer took care of the rest with his glove and blocker, taking care of the few shots the Canucks got from high-quality areas. Despite seeing just four shots on net in the second period, Grubauer was on his game in the third when the momentum easily could have shifted.

"It's a little bit challenging because you've got to stay mentally more into the game," Grubauer said. "I was saving my energy for the last [period] there, and I think we kept it really simple there and got the win."

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