Tuesday night the Washington Capitals played a low-event game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (until the third period), eventually losing 2-1 in overtime. The highlight of this game was a sublime second period goal by Nicklas Backstrom, and his excellent game overall. The lowlights included a go-ahead goal disallowed and Alex Ovechkin seeing very little ice time.
The Caps finished the night with 44 shot attempts at five-on-five while the Jackets finished with 45. The third period was the most lopsided, with the Jackets putting 13 pucks on net to just 3 from the Caps. Attempts in that period were 20-10 for the Jackets.
You may have already seen that last night Alex Ovechkin skated the lowest amount of the season to date, and one of the lowest amounts of his career. Let’s take a look at some of the other ongoing trends that played out.
It’s definitely not time to sound the alarms, but after an abysmal showing against the Carolina Hurricanes and a mostly uninspired game against the Jackets, the process has not been as strong of late. Tonight will be of no help, as the Capitals have to regroup quickly and prepare to go to war against the Pittsburgh Penguins at home.
Stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick and Hockeystats.ca. Headline photo credit Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images.
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