After a franchise-record 15-straight home game wins, the Capitals dropped Monday night’s decision 4-2 to the Dallas Stars, ending the streak. The Stars always seem to have the Caps’ number, and they’ve been on a streak of their own, beating the Caps in Washington in every matchup since 2006. Holtby has never beaten the Stars. That said, the Caps made quite a comeback push with 29 shot attempts in the third period (all situations) to just eight by the Stars.
The Caps ended up with 58 shot attempts to the Stars’ 40 at five-on-five. Even after the rare loss they still lead the division by seven points. Despite the at-times frustrating playoff matchup structure, they will want to keep that lead as it will likely award them a weaker first round opponent than if they were to sit in the two or three spot.