Dennis Wideman swims with the sharks. (Photo credit: Bruce Bennett)
The Washington Capitals had a good bit of time off before heading to California to face the San Jose Sharks. In that time, Mike Green continued his rehabilitation, Alex Semin returned to game-shape, and Nicky Backstrom’s head kept him out of action. No one was expecting an easy opener to the road trip, but this was ridiculous.
The back of Tomas Vokoun’s skate knocked in the first goal of the night, but Jason Demers got credit for it. Dennis Wideman crashed the net on the power play to tie it back up. Brent Burns converted a late second period power play with the help of a few screens. Joel Ward scored his first goal since November 5th to tie it up, but Patrick Marleau re-established the lead just 16 seconds later. Marc-Edouard Vlasic put the Caps in a pickle with a 4-on-4 goal, then Torrey Mitchell got the empty netter. Sharks beat Caps 5-2.
The Capitals played a tough road game in a barn that has given them nothing but trouble for time immemorial. Without Nick Backstrom and Mike Green, a win was too much to ask. The Karlzner duo got outplayed as bad (minus-19 Corsi for Alzner, minus-13 for Carlson) as we’ve seen this season, and Alex Ovechkin’s streak ended. It seemed like every Caps chance led inevitably to a Sharks chance at the other end of the ice.
But it’s not all bad.
The Caps improved their road flagging power play, Joel Ward snapped a way too long goal drought, and Dennis Wideman continued his offensive dominance.
See you guys on Monday. It’s another late one in LA, and the Caps really need to take 2 points to make this a worthwhile road trip.
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