Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Game #57 Recap: Caps 2 Phoenix 3

In a familiar refrain the Capitals fell to the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 in Glendale last night. The Capitals were unable to score on 5 power play attempts and Phoenix went 1 for 3 and that was the difference in the game. Washington came out with a great effort and Alex Ovechkin drew a penalty in the first shift. The power play generated shots and chances but the Caps just couldn't finish. It was a theme that played throughout the game as the Caps threw shots at the net and crashed into the crease but were unable to cash in. When the Caps did score the next shift was a defensive let down that allowed the Coyotes to tie the game. Phoenix went on the score three straight before the Caps responded in the third period. With the game within reach an errant hi stick from Nicklas Backstrom put the Caps in a bad spot. The team rallied but could not find the equalizer. The Caps head to California for back to back games with Anaheim and San Jose who both beat the Capitals on home ice earlier this season.

Of Note:
  • Marcus Johansson open the scoring in the second period when his centering pass to Brooks Laich pin balled off the goalie's stick and was knocked in by a Phoenix defender. The effort by Laich to crash the net set the situation for the goal. The Caps will need more of this type of effort from Laich and company.
  • Matt Bradley score his forth goal of the season to bring the Caps back within one goal.
  • Michal Neuvirth took the loss stopping 15 of the 18 shots he faced. 
  • The Caps took 31 shots on goal and their season shooting percentage has dropped to 0.084 which is tied for the lowest in franchise history.
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