The Washington Nationals are reportedly declining their mutual contract option on Nelson Cruz, per MLB Trade Rumors. Cruz signed a 1-year deal with Washington prior to the 2022 campaign. The contract included a mutual option for 2023 which is what the Nationals reportedly are turning down.
Aliaksei Protas makes a veteran play, losing control of the puck for a second on a breakaway and rather than force the shot he finds a streaking Nic Dowd right behind him for the score. Capitals take a 3-2 lead with 12:47 to go in the third.
Strong passing play by the Capitals results in an Oshie power play goal right in front. Kuznetsov fires a bullet to Strome behind the net who immediately kicks it over to Oshie in the low slot. Tied back up 2-2.
Erik Gustafsson was on the receiving end of a cross-check from Evan Bouchard and he immediately skated off to ice to head to the locker room. Capitals go to the PP, but they’re down a defenseman for the time being.