Connor Brown read the play. Evgeny Kuznetsov must have telegraphed it somehow, as Ottawa’s forward anticipated the pass and moved to intercept. Brown flew up the ice to set up Chris Tierney for a big shorthanded goal.
And with that, the Washington Capitals, the league’s best team, joined the Detroit Red Wings, the league’s worst team, for the NHL lead in shorthanded goals.
Here is shorty number nine:
The Caps have passed the Devils and Predators to become truly elite at giving up shorties.
It’s been a glut of late, with the Caps surrendering seven shorties since December 23. In that time, the team’s sputtering power play has scored only ten power-play goals. Here is the very picture of mediocrity:
So something is definitely up there.
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