F Street Faithful
by Matthew Tate on 01/17/14 at 09:40 PM ET
In what was one of their worst showings of the season, the Capitals fell 5-1 in Columbus on Friday night. Not really anything good to say about this one. On to the reCap:
Washington Goals: Carlson 8 (Erat, Brouwer)
Philipp Grubauer: LOSS; 11 Saves; 3 Goals Allowed; Braden Holtby: ND; 20 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed
Columbus Goal: Wisniewski 4 PP (Johnson, Johansen) Atkinson 14 (Calvert, Dubinsky); Johansen 18 (Umberger); Letestu 6 PP (Horton, Johnson); Atkinson 15 (Murray, Nikitin)
Sergei Bobrovsky: WIN; 24 Saves; 1 Goal Allowed.
The roulette wheel that is the Caps' goaltending situation landed on Grubauer tonight. Or at least it was until he was pulled in the second.
Tom Wilson's youth was a bit apparent tonight. In the first period, with a power play coming to the Caps, Wilson couldn't stop himself from getting into it with Corey Tropp after the whistle. That would send it to 4-on-4 and eventually a 4-on-3 for Columbus where they would score.
Columbus continued in the new strategy against Caps power play. Instead of shadowing Ovechkin, they just take away Carlson (high) and Johansson (low) from Backstrom. This gives Backstrom all the space to shoot, but teams are willing to take that risk.
Orlov, who had played great the past couple of nights, regressed horribly tonight. Failed to clear on the second goal and was completely lost on the third. Truly terrible night for him (as well as his partner, Mike Green).
It took just over 47 games, but Marcus Johansson took his first penalty of the year tonight.
Marty Erat, who picked up his 16th assist tonight, is fifth on the Caps in assist. He has been scratched eight times this year and getting less than 14 minutes a night.
The fact that goalies have had Vezina nights against the Caps as of late says more about the Caps than it does the goaltenders. And I'm sure every goaltender hates me right now.
Completely useless stat, but Pens and former Pens have had a good run against the Caps as of late. The Penguins put up four against the Caps on Wednesday, Tyler Kennedy scored the Sharks lone goal on Tuesday, and tonight, Mark Letestu potted the Blue Jackets' fourth tonight.
How the Caps keep getting burned by opposing screeners and still fail to change is truly mind-boggling. They just keep letting teams park a guy in front of the net and ignore them. This MUST change.
You know it's a bad night when Connor Carrick drops the gloves.
The Caps were pretty much terrible in every facet of the game tonight. Outscored; Outshot; Outhit; Faceoffs; Power play.
Caps back at for a Sunday game against the Rangers
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