In their final game before the all-star break, the Washington Capitals suffered their seventh consecutive loss. Tired, on the road, and against a hungry Toronto Maple Leafs team, the Caps just sorta bled out until the buzzer.
Goalscoring began just fine, with Backstrom at the back door, taking a pass from Kuznetsov on the power play. Leafs forward Nazem Kadri restored the tie with a net crash on a loose puck.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 37th of the season in the second period, taking a pass from TJ Oshie, but Nikita Zaitsev replied from the slot to even it back up. Auston Matthews converted a power play to put the Leafs up before the period was up.
In the third period, Kadri recorded his second and third goals of the night as the Leafs danced around the Caps defense. Matt Niskanen got a goal off a deflection while Ovi took up space in the slot, but an empty-netter sealed it.
Caps lose again.
Tonight on the ice. 🥅🏒 pic.twitter.com/eDxxsTXnw6
— Scott Cullen (@ByScottCullen) January 23, 2019
— manny (@mannyelk) January 23, 2019
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) January 23, 2019
This was always gonna be a tough game. No rest, road trip, tough opponent. It’s one of the tougher games on the Caps’ schedule, and the close of a very challenging month for the team. But it was still a disaster.
And now it’s over. The losing streak will follow the Caps into February, but for the next eight days let’s pretend it doesn’t exist. Let’s pretend like a loss to the Flames when we reconvene won’t force RMNB to go dark. Let’s pretend.
Headline photo: Claus Andersen
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