NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
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Washington 0 2 1 0 3
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, November 3, 2018
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 18,506

Capitals begin busy stretch against Stars

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals

  1. The Stars had won six straight games in Washington (one in a shootout) before the Caps broke the streak with a 4-3 win on March 20 of last season. Dallas' 6-2-0 record in DC since 2005-06 is the second best for any visiting team in the nation's capital in the Alex Ovechkin era (San Jose 7-2-0).
  2. Dallas is 4-1-0 in its last five games and has won consecutive road games after losing its first three contests away from home (all in regulation). In those two road wins, Dallas goaltenders stopped 65 of 67 shots for a .970 save percentage.
  3. Thursday's 6-4 loss at Montreal marked the third time this season that Washington has lost a game in which it scored at least four goals (one in regulation, one in OT, one in a shootout). Last season, the Caps went 33-1-1 in the regular season when scoring at least four times.
  4. Jamie Benn (73) and Tyler Seguin (71) have the top two goal totals by Western Conference players against Eastern Conference teams since the 2013-14 season. Benn ended a seven-game goal drought on Thursday at Toronto.
  5. Entering the weekend, Braden Holtby has the NHL's highest regular-season GAA since February 1, 3.70, and the second-lowest save percentage at .887 (minimum 20 games). Holtby had a 2.16 GAA and .922 save percentage in last year's Stanley Cup
  6. The Stars have scored 18 second-period goals this season, tied with Philadelphia for second most in the league. The only team with more is the Caps, who have 19.

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals open a five-game homestand Saturday night when they host the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals (5-4-2) began a stretch of 15 games in 30 days with a 6-4 loss on Thursday night in Montreal, capping a 2-2 road trip.

Dallas (7-5-0) is 2-1 on its six-game road trip after a 2-1 win on Thursday night in Toronto and is 4-1 in its last five games.

Anton Khudobin made 30 saves in his first start since Oct. 16, Jamie Benn and Devin Shore scored, and Tyler Seguin had two assists for the Stars.

Shore has goals in back-to-back games and points in five of his last six games (2-6-8).

"He's just a smart hockey player," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery told NHL.com. "I like the way he possesses pucks and the poise he has with the puck. He's starting to get a lot of confidence and with that he's skating harder and winning more one-on-one battles. He's a guy that I'm going to continue to move around because I think he can get other players going."

After playing on the fourth earlier in the week against Montreal -- and getting a goal and two assists -- Shore played on the wing with Seguin and Mattias Janmar against Toronto.

"He's fun to play with," Seguin said. "He's making a lot of things happen. If it wasn't for him in Montreal, we don't win that game. He's really coming into his own and maturing and playing good hockey."

On Friday, the Starts announced that defenseman Dillon Heatherington, 23, would be recalled from the Texas Stars with Connor Carrick heading to injured reserve. Carrick did not play against Toronto after blocking a shot in the team's loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

The Capitals appeared to have fashioned a great ending to their road trip before the Canadiens scored three goals in the final 3:04 Thursday night.

"Obviously it's frustrating in the situation," goalie Braden Holtby told NHL.com. "I think we had a chance to steal one there and just came up short. Luck seemed to be on our side for most of the third, and then it turned. We didn't do enough to push the other way."

Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller each scored twice, and Holtby made 38 saves for the Capitals. It was Ovechkin's first two-goal game of the season.

Washington will be without 38-year-old defenseman Brooks Orpik against Dallas. He'll miss his second straight game Saturday night because of an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Christian Djoos, 24, and Madison Bowey, 23, formed the team's third defensive pairing against Montreal.

"I thought they did some good things," Capitals coach Todd Reirden told the Washington Post. "I think Madison in particular was able to show us his skating. I thought he made some plays offensively, just a couple chances against for them. But for the most part, they limited it."

Holtby is 2-4 with a 4.06 goals-against average and .865 save percentage against Dallas. Ben Bishop of the Stars is 2-6-2 with a 3.46 GAA and an .888 save percentage against Washington.

The Stars went 0-1-1 against the Capitals last season but have won six of their last seven games in Washington.

Updated November 2, 2018

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