That feel. We know that feel.
In a disappointing effort, the Washington Capitals have dropped game one to the New York Islanders. The Isles played a nearly perfect game, and the Caps were on their heels from the game’s second shift.
Brock Nelson was all alone after a neutral-zone turnover, so he scored a quick one on Braden Holtby. Brooks Laich’s tenacious forecheck created a scoring opportunity for Marcus Johansson that he did not waste. But in the second period Ryan Strome scored a quick goal after John Tavares’ faceoff win, and Josh Bailey slapped a loose puck to put the Caps in a two-goal hole.
The third period had nothin’. Brock Nelson got an empty netter with 79 seconds left.
Isles beat Caps 4-1. Islanders lead the series 1-0.
Joe B suit of the night
“The puck is heavier in the playoffs.”
Whatever the hell that means. Perhaps the Caps played as if the puck were more than its regulation 6 ounces, but the Isles stuck to what worked for them in the regular season– an aggressive forecheck, a commitment to carrying the puck. The Caps had some great cycles and a couple good attacks, but they were too willing to dump the puck and too hesitant to control it.
5v5 was a bloodbath.
That– and these awful forward lines– will have to change on Friday. The only way that style of hockey with this level of execution can beat a team like New York is if you get all the good bounces. That might happen, but I don’t want to bank on it. Time for some adjustments. Regroup, and attack again.
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