Photo: Frederick Breedon
The Caps had a spirited effort against the Nashville Predators, erasing a two-goal hole and gaining the lead, but James Neal– that jerk– got the best of the Caps twice, earning a W for the home team and ending Washington’s win streak at three.
The game was back-and-forth until Seth Jones’s shot after an offensive-zone faceoff win for the Predators beat Holtby’s glove side. James Neal found a good spot and got a better bounce to put the Preds up two goals in the second period, but hold up–
Alex Ovechkin scored on monster shot from, like, no angle during 5v5 and then doubled it up with a power-play shot from the Ovi spot two and a half minutes later. That guy alone changed the game before you had time to go potty.
Marcus Johansson notched a PPG in the third before Mattias Ekholm tied it up on the power play late in the third. Then, with one hundred seconds late, Matt Niskanen choked the puck up to James Neal, who scored an unassisted layup.
Preds beat Caps 4-3. Stunned.
Joe B suit of the night
(That’s my least favorite Joe B suit.)
Off-topic: Dan Carcillo should go to jail for this shit. Matty P is off limits.
Otherwise, not much to say, and not much time to say it. The Caps have another one coming in just 24 hours, against arguably an even better team in the Dallas Stars. I don’t think the Caps played poorly here– and Alex Ovechkin was marvelous– but it wasn’t enough this once. Tough beat. Kinda stunned.
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