Slumpbusters! Caps Who Haven’t Scored Recently Finally Do

Posted January 31, 2018

(Photos by Caps Outsider)

Virtually nothing happened for the Caps through 22 minutes in Wednesday’s 5-3 win against the Flyers until Chandler Stephenson made the most of his limited playing time and put two through former Cap Michal Neuvirth, tying the game 2-2. It was the first goal the Caps scored in nearly a week (well, it was their first GAME in a week but it felt so much longer), and the first time Stephenson scored since Nov. 10.

Andre Burakovsky also scored – on the second-unit power play! – thus nudging himself back off the short list for being the next healthy scratch (served Wednesday by a slumping Jakub Vrana). It was Burakovsky’s first goal since Dec. 19.

T.J. Oshie scored a vintage Oshie goal, the lightning-quick one-timer in the slot on the power play. It was his first goal since Dec. 22. Oshie’s arms shot skyward, a celebration he described as ‘dramatic’ and something he admitted to thinking about doing ten games ago for his first goal since his injury.

“It builds some confidence because we’ve had some guys who’ve been a little bit dry,” coach Barry Trotz said of his offensively slumping players breaking out.

Devante Smith-Pelly added his vintage tip-in, his first goal since Jan. 2.

“If we can continue to get production up and down the line-up, it will be huge,” Trotz said.

Here are some pre-game photos: