AHL Hershey head coach Troy Mann is convinced that Andre Burakovsky will become a star in the NHL. For now Burakovsky will rejoin Mann in the minors though.
Burakovsky was called up ahead of Friday’s game, but the Washington Capitals announced that his brief NHL stint is over. He had an assist and logged 11:55 minutes in a 4-2 loss to Dallas.
Washington also recalled forward Chris Conner and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.
Conner has 17 goals and 45 points in 47 AHL games in 2014-15. The 31-year-old is a veteran of 178 NHL games and has recorded 22 goals and 50 points over that span.
Grubauer, 23, has been summoned to fill the void left by backup goaltender Justin Peters, who is dealing with a lower-body injury, per the Washington Post. Braden Holtby is likely to start tonight versus Boston (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), which opens the door for Grubauer to potentially play against Buffalo on Monday (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
Grubauer has a 2.44 GAA and .923 save percentage in 20 career NHL contests.
Alexander Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky each scored twice Sunday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3.
Marcus Johansson’s 14th of the season at 3:27 of the second period stood to be the game winner.
Ovechkin, who also assisted on Burakovsky’s two goals, now has a league-leading 36 on the season passing Rangers’ forward Rick Nash.
Not everyone was impressed with Ovechkin’s four-point night.
Ovechkin and Ryan Getzlaf had a run-in on the ice during the first period. Post-game Getzlaf had some choice words for the Washington captain.
“I didn’t know he was going to dive the way he did tonight,” said Getzlaf per the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott. “All over the [expletive] ice. That part of it is a little embarrassing. Pardon my language. He’s a great player.
“He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”
Trotz has shown no types of tolerance for diving, calling out others for it. Doesn't talk until Tuesday, but curious to hear his response.
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t have felt great about their slim playoff hopes when Steve Mason went down with his knee injury. For better or worse, it’s on Ray Emery, and Sunday is the kind of game he has to win.
Since taking over for Mason in February, Emery’s gone 1-0-2. The 30-year-old’s overall numbers aren’t much to brag about (9-9-3 with a .890 save percentage), but this stretch will probably make a big impact on how the league views the pugnacious puck-stopper going forward.
On the Buffalo side, Michal Neuvirth gets a chance to stretch his legs in the Sabres’ net with Jhonas Enroth shipped off to Dallas.
The situations are quite different, yet both netminders have plenty to prove today.
Blues at Panthers: Brian Elliott vs. Roberto Luongo
Lightning at Sharks: Expected starters are Ben Bishop against Antti Niemi
Capitals at Ducks: Expected starters are Justin Peters vs. John Gibson
Curious situation in Washington — after Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 win over Ottawa last night, the Caps look like they’re turning to Philipp Grubauer, not Justin Peters, in the second of a back-to-back tonight against Anaheim.
Grubauer, who has spent all of this season in AHL Hershey, hasn’t played in the NHL since March of last season but has shown well in the past — posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 GAA last year.
Peters, meanwhile, has struggled in his first year in Washington, going 2-5-1 with a 3.58 GAA and .870 save percentage. The 28-year-old has only played twice since the calendar turned to 2015, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Dallas and four goals on 40 shots in a loss to the Blues on Sunday.
As for Anaheim, no word yet on who gets the start tonight.
Leafs at Devils: James Reimer vs. Cory Schneider
Blues at Blue Jackets: Brian Elliott vs. Curtis McElhinney
‘Hawks at Jets: Corey Crawford vs. Michael Hutchinson
Pens at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.
On a milestone afternoon for Alex Ovechkin, it was the St. Louis Blues’ Alex (Steen) who ultimately got the last laugh.
Both forwards scored two goals on Sunday, but Steen also added an assist on Vladimir Tarasenko’s game-winner as the Blues beat the Washington Capitals 4-3. By taking this one, St. Louis continues its winning ways in the form of an 11-game point streak (10-0-1).
Hitchcock: "There’s wins and then there’s really impressive wins. This was an impressive win.” #stlblues#OurBlues
T.J. Oshie was right up there with Steen, generating three points of his own (all assists), along with four hits. Oshie’s most memorable check might have come in the first period when he seemed to leave Brooks Orpik a little groggy.
David Backes was ejected from the game for a boarding hit on Karl Alzner, who scored the 4-3 goal. A makeshift line of Tarasenko, Steen and Oshie played well enough to top the one-two punch of Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Oshie: "Definitely hurts losing those guys, but everyone in here stuck together and we played hard." #stlblues
Here’s a look at that Backes hit, which may draw supplementary discipline:
While this effort was better than the one that netted a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 15, the bottom line is that the Capitals lost both games against the Blues in regulation. The Capitals have now dropped six of seven games, and while all of those defeats were by a single goal, this could be a stretch that Washington ends up regretting.
Head coach Barry Trotz doesn’t regret the way backup Justin Peters played, however.
Trotz on Peters: "I don't have any problem with the way he played. We gave up 40 shots."