Wednesday night, the Caps lost Game Four of the second round to the depleted Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-2. While this was an intense game overall, there aren’t many highlights from the Caps side of things, with both goals coming in a span of fewer than two minutes in the second period, by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nate Schmidt.
In general, the playoffs have been a tale of the impotence of the Caps offense. Once again, they dominated possession, besting the Pens in five-on-five shot attempts by a mark of 56 to 28. But for what feels like the umpteenth time, they couldn’t find the back of the net other than for a short span in the second period. Braden Holtby, while not by any means “to blame,” also continues to not be his elite self (he did have his moments though). While it’s tempting based on the stats to suggest that the Caps have been unlucky, it’s hard to really believe that, knowing the recent history of this team and watching that history repeat itself.