While it isn’t a shutout for Jake Oettinger tonight, that was one heck of a game he had. Jake Oettinger stopped 45-46 shots as the Dallas Stars won 2-1 on the road against the Washington Capitals. This was a huge win as they stole a game from an Eastern Conference team on the road. On the post game show on Bally Sports Southwest, it was mentioned that Oettinger has stopped 72-73 shots against the Capitals this season. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from tonight’s game.
Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals Recap: 3. Jamie Benn got the offense going
While it was only two goals scored by Dallas tonight, Jamie Benn got the offense going against the Capitals. Benn scored on the power play which the Stars were on to start the third period. He “slammed dunked” a pass in the net which Charlie Lindgren couldn’t recover in time. He also should have gotten the second goal as the puck got redirected into the goal three minutes later. In the end, Benn got Oettinger the offensive support that’s been missing his last few starts.
Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals Recap: 2. Stars shut down Ovechkin
The Stars were not going to allow Ovechkin to pass Gordie Howe for most goals while they were in town. They made sure to cover him in any of the red face-off circles. Ovechkin was able to still get some shots on the net but not clean ones. He did get an assist on their only goal tonight because he wasn’t selfish and saw Ty Dellandrea make a mistake. He will definitely pass Howe within the next couple of weeks.
Dallas Stars vs Washington Capitals Recap: 1. Jake Oettinger has a career game
Oettinger had a huge game against the Capitals where he stopped 45-46 shots. The reason it was so huge was there were multiple times in the second period when the Capitals could have put the game out of reach and Otter stopped them all after the first goal. As I mentioned above, he has stopped 72-73 shots against the Capitals this season. I think Oettinger is completely healed and can’t wait to see if he earns the start against the Carolina Hurricanes.