Connor Brickley put the Panthers up 1-0 before the game was even two minutes old, capitalizing on a turnover behind the net by Christian Djoos. The Caps had the better of the play for much of the period but couldn’t convert. With less than a minute to go, Evgenii Dadonov, who really does spell his name with two i‘s, scored on the power play to put the Panthers up 2-0.
Jumping to the second, the Caps continued their 2017-18 strategy of taking three bajillion penalties and it didn’t work out. Vincent Trocheck scored on a five-on-three to put the bad guys up 3-0. After some more penalties, Christian Djoos scored a beauty to pull the Caps within two, 3-1.
The Caps brought the heat in the third as the Panthers
turtled protected the lead but couldn’t break through. Aleksander Barkov added an empty netter.
Panthers beat Caps 4-1.