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by Matthew Tate on 10/29/13 at 01:00 AM ET
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:
Washington Goals: Chimera 3 (Green, Schmidt); Grabovski 5 (Chimera, Ward)
Michal Neuvirth LOSS 38 Saves; 3 Goals Against
Vancouver Goals: Kassian 2 (Higgins, Bieska); Kesler 8 (D. Sedin, Stanton); D. Sedin 5 (H. Sedin, Tanev)
Roberto Luongo WIN 17 Saves; 2 Goals Against
As has been the case all too often this season, the Capitals yet again found themselves outshot (41-19!). It was the eighth time the Caps have been outshot in the season thus far and fourth game in a row. The Caps are 3-5 in those games. I can all but guarantee that number is only to going to get worse.
Honestly, I thought Marcus Johansson had a decent start to the game. Through the first period, he had been integral in creating chances, even shooting the puck. That was not the case come the third period. First, he let Kesler blow right by to get to a rebound, tying the game. On the very next shift, MoJo allowed Daniel Sedin blow right around him on his way to giving the Canucks the lead. I'm not saying either goal was all on him, but he certainly was a large part.
Jason Chimera is on a three-game scoring streak and has already surpassed his numbers for last season. He is on the final year of his contract and his stock is up. Just saying.
Very busy night for the zebras. There were 11 penalties called throughout the night, including a penalty shot awarded to Ovechkin early in the first (No score). On the Caps end of things, they pushed their penalty kill streak to 23 consecutive kills. They have not been scored on since rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored on October 12, 2013.
On the other side of things, they failed to convert on all four of their chances tonight. It was the third consecutive game that they have not converted on the extra man. The win against Edmonton last week has been the only game the Caps have won without scoring on the powerplay.
After seeing 11+ minutes in the Edmonton game, Tom Wilson saw less than five minutes for the second straight game. I completely understand the coaching staff's logic in not sending him back to Plymouth, but it is tough to watch them burn a year of his ELC to skate less than 10 minutes every night.
It's frustrating watching the Caps when they pull the goalie. Tonight, they could not get Neuvirth on the bench until there were almost 30 seconds left on the clock. Even when they did pull him, they were too content keeping the puck along the boards. At some point, somebody needs to just push the puck to the crease and poke away. The moment was summed up perfectly when Nicklas Backstrom collected the puck with three seconds remaining, only to throw a spinning pass in deep. Teams are going to continue just sitting back and letting the Caps kill the time for them.
In the time I was out of the country, the Caps went 3-1. Tonight, my first game back, they have a game like this. If they want to pay me to stay in Jamaica, I'll take one for the team. Luckily, the West Coast swing is over with and the Caps are able to take some time to regroup before heading to Philadelphia this Friday.
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