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Earlier today, Katie Carrera of the Post reported that winger Martin Erat feels his time in Washington is up and he would like to be traded elsewhere. The 32-year-old Czech came to the Capitals at last year's trade deadline, along with Michael Latta, for first round pick Filip Forsberg. Since that trade, each of those players has scored exactly once. That is a fine number for young players like Latta and Forsberg, but Martin Erat is a proven double-digit scoring threat. Something has obviously gone wrong here, but the question remains, who is responsible for this disaster?
The Washington Capitals put in one of their worst showings of the season tonight, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. It's always infuriating to lose to rivals, but when you lose like this in your own building, it tends to sting a little more. For that reason, and the fact that they played so poorly, the usual reCap will be replaced by a bit of an overreaction to a November loss.
The Capitals completed yet another third-period comeback en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The Capitals entered the third period trailing 3-1, but goals from Ovechkin and Latta were enough to force overtime and, eventually, a shootout. The win keeps Washington within a point of Pittsburgh, who beat Nashville earlier in the night. On to the reCap.
The Washington Capitals ended their brief Western road trip with a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. It was the second and final time the two teams have met this season, with Colorado taking both games by a combined score of 9-2. This game was rough to watch, and that is about more than the scoreline. On to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals squandered a third period two-goal lead en route to a 4-3 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. The loss snapped the Capitals four-game winning streak and was the first shootout loss under Adam Oates. The Caps also failed to move within two points of division-leadin Pittsburgh, who fell to St. Louis earlier in the night. On to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals extended their win streak to season-high four games with a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild. The Caps had to erase a 2-1 Wild lead late in the third with a Marcus Johansson goal. The Capitals also had a big penalty kill in overtime en route to the skills competition. The win moved the Caps to 9-7-0 on the season. On to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals turned in one of their best performances of the season tonight en route to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. What started sloppy, became high scoring, and eventually became a circus. It was the first shutout of the season for the Caps as well as their largest offensive outburst. On to the reCap.
The Capitals finished off their West Coast road trip tonight with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Vanouver Canucks. It was one of those games that you could, in theory, chalk up the Caps simply being tired from the long swing, but only if you hadn't watched the Caps this season. On to the reCap:
The Capitals were unable to build on the last win as they fell to the New York Rangers by a score of 2-0. The loss drops them to 2-5-0 early in the season. Not a lot of good in this game, so on to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals managed to get back in the win column thanks to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Prior to tonight, the Capitals had lost three straight and had looked pretty mundane in the process. It also marked the first regulation win for the Capitals this season. On to the reCap:
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