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The Washington Capitals were starting to overwhelm the Sharks at the end of the second period Monday night at SAP Center.
With 4:33 left in the middle frame, the Sharks were up 1-0, courtesy of Fabian Zetterlund, and trailing just 20-17 on the shot counter. But then, the Caps finished the period with the last eight shots on goal, tying the game in the process.
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Washington had all the momentum in the world heading into the final frame. And earlier in the season, when San Jose started off 0-10-1, that might’ve been it for the Sharks.
But instead, the home team held the Capitals to just seven shots in the third period and netted the game-winner, courtesy of Luke Kunin off a nifty pass by Justin Bailey.
Per SPORTLOGiQ, Washington had just two Slot Shots in the third after 12 in the first 40 minutes.
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“We were playing a little more on top of them. We were skating more, better in the neutral zone,” Kunin said. “First two, it was a little too easy for them coming through. It’s something we talked about. Good on the guys to step up.”