The Washington Capitals dropped another game in their latest skid, losing to Southeast Division rival (and current leader) Florida. The Panthers held off a late-game rally by the Caps for a 5-4 victory and now lead Washington in the division by seven points.
The loss is the team’s ninth out of their last 12, and third in four games under new coach Dale Hunter.
- The Caps played a solid 20 minutes. In the third period, but still – they almost pulled out a win.
- Jason Chimera’s scoring touch continues; he tipped in a John Carlson shot with 1:44 remaining in the game, sparking some spirited (but fruitless) Caps play. Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin, and Brooks Laich also scored. Captain Alex Ovechkin had four…hits.
- The Caps held Florida to six shots on goal in the final frame.
- Penalties. The Caps got a lot of them early, and Florida capitalized with 3 PPGs in the game.
- The Caps power play is now 2 for 50 in the last 13 games. They failed to convert the two chances they had last night.
- The team continued its inconsistent play, waking up only in the third period and putting in a solid effort to force a comeback. Too little, too late.
Brooks Laich (via Tarik El Bashir): “It’s not acceptable to play hockey for 20 minutes and not execute for the other 40. We’re not here to try, we’re to win.”