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Strome and Wilson’s 3rd Period Goals Lift Capitals Over Sharks



Washington Capitals center Hendrix Lapierre (29) passes the puck around San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle Burroughs (4) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For most of Sunday’s game, it looked like the Washington Capitals were going to snap a streak — and not a good one.

But after a strong showing in the third period, one that included all three of the team’s scores, the Capitals emerged with a 3-1 win over the Sharks — sending them back to San Jose still searching for their first win of the season. The win also pushed the Capitals’ current winning streak to three games.

After Luke Kunin’s first period goal put the Sharks ahead early, the game flipped to a defensive battle. Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood had no problem stopping the Capitals’ offense in the first and second periods, while Darcy Kuemper stopped each of the Sharks’ scoring opportunities, outside of the lone score.

Dylan Strome put a stop to that at the two-minute mark of the third period, beating Blackwood for the tying score — his sixth in five games. Tom Wilson followed that later in the period with the go-ahead goal, giving the Capitals their first lead of the game with fewer than five minutes remaining.

Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied an empty net goal in the final minute, securing the Capitals’ win.


No Capitals drew penalties.


The Capitals host the Islanders (4-2-1) on Thursday, with puck drop from Capital One Arena scheduled for 7 p.m.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.