Photo: Jamie Sabau
On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals didn’t look quite ready to return from all-star break. Playing visitor to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Caps did well enough at tilting the ice, but a glut of goof-ups in their own end gave Lumbus a too-easy victory.
After a quiet first frame, Mark Letestu kicked off a wild second period by scoring on the rush. Ryan Johansen got his 18th of the season soon thereafter, notching from the high slot, but Andre Burakovsky struck back half a minute later by tapping in Matt Niskanen’s long bomb. Fedor Tyutin beat Holtby after the top line and top pairing failed to clear the zone, but Troy Brouwer crashed the net to make it a one-goal game– again half a minute later.
In the third, Cam Atkinson cued those damn canons with a quick shot from the slot. Lumbus was buzzing after that, but Evgeny Kuznetsov shut em up with a wrister off a rebound to make it a one-goal game once more. A Backstrom penalty in the final minutes neutered the Capitals’ comeback effort.
Blue Jackets beats Capitals 4-3. Four-game losing streak. Ack.
Joe B suit of the night
Yeah, I dunno about this one. The Capitals did a lot right (I can’t get over that power play in the first period), but it only takes a couple screw-ups in the proximity of the goalie to render a good possession game null.
So that makes four losses in a row. Thaaaaat’s not good, but after the wild run we’ve been enjoying since December we should have expected this. Let’s promise not to panic too much just yet. Especially since we’ve got a big game against the Penguins coming up in less than 24 hours. It’s rivalry night on blah blah blah GO CAPS.
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