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Capitals 2 Panthers 3 SO ReCap

The Washington Capitals were unable to see their winning streak continue as they lost 3-2 in the shootout at the hands of the Florida Panthers.  The Capitals were lucky to gain a point in the game as they found themselves outshot by a wide margin (40-23).  On to the reCap:

Scoring Summary

Washington Goals: Nicklas Backstrom 8 (Grabovski); Joel Ward 10 PP (Johansson, Backstrom)
Philipp Grubauer: 38 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed

Florida Goals: Dylan Olsen 3 (Kopecky, Huberdeau); Aleksander Barkov 5 (Unassisted)
Scott Clemmensen: 21 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed

Shoot-out Summary

Florida Panthers (4)

Washington Capitals (3)

Aleksander Barkov – Poke Check

Eric Fehr – Goal

Jonathan Huberdeau – Goal

Alexander Ovechkin – Save

Brad Boyes - Goal

Nicklas Backstrom - Goal

Nick Bjugstad - Goal

Mikhail Grabovski - Goal

Dmitry Kulikov - Post

Troy Brouwer – Post

Tomas Fleischmann - Save

Martin Erat – Save

Scott Upshall - Save

Marcus Johansson – Save

Jimmy Hayes – Poke Check

Dmitry Orlov – Poke Check

Marcel Goc - Miss

Joel Ward – Save

Tomas Kopecky - Goal

Jason Chimera – Save

 

 

The Capitals easily could have been up 2-0 early on in this game. Less than a minute into the game, Mike Green's shot found its way to the back of the Florida net, only for the referee to waive the goal off for incidental contact by Martin Erat. I've seen more contact go uncalled. A few minutes later, Clemmensen stopped a Nicklas Backstrom shot causing the ref to blow the whistle. What the referee missed was the puck was sitting in the crease and Alex Ovechkin tapped it in.

The referees didn't get much better when they awarded the Florida Panthers a four minute power play when John Carlson's stick met with Tomas Kopecky's face. There were no question of that. The thing they missed was when Tomas Kopecky's stick corkscrewed John Carlon around, causing his stick to fly up. Luckily, the Caps' PK was up to the task and killed off the double minor

After a good start to the game that saw the Caps pepper Clemmensen with five shots in less than four minutes, the Caps hit a bit of a dry spell, collecting just two shots over the next 20+ minutes. In that time, the Panthers completely dominated the game, tallying the first goal of the game. What happened to start all of this? The questionable double minor call on Carlson.

For the second game in a row, the Caps were given an extended power play after a major penalty was given to an opponent. This time around, Erik Gudbranson was given a five plus a game misconduct for elbowing Eric Fehr in the neutral zone. Not only was it an elbow to Fehr's head, but he left his skates to deliver it. Eric Fehr would return for the third period. Per George Richard, Dave Tallon will call Shanahan to get game misconduct rescinded.  The Caps would not get a five-minute power play this time around as Troy Brouwer received an instigator penalty when he challenged Gudbranson to a fight (plus a 10-minute). During the 4-on-4 session, the teams would trade goals and the Caps would grab one during the remaining three minutes.

Per Japers Rink, Nicklas Backstrom has been on the ice of the last seven goals, recording points on all of them. You can see why Troy Brouwer said Backstrom runs the team in a pre-game interview.

Mike Green's rough week continued. In the Tampa Bay, Green was whistled for 18 penalty minutes (no fights) in the first period. Tonight, he was responsible for a brutal turnover that led directly to Florida's second goal, which came during the 4-on-4 session after Gudbranson's ejection. Green attempted an indirect clearing pass off the boards, put the puck fell cleanly to Barkov, who beat Grubauer. Green just keeps making simple mental mistakes.

Philipp Grubauer continues to show how adept the Caps are at drafting goaltenders. After helping the Caps in their comeback victory over Tampa Bay, he once again kept them in the game when the Panthers dominated. And some of those saves will find their way to the top plays of the week. He has some crazy flexibility.

Dmitri Orlov seems to be earning his keep as well. After getting passed over for the likes of Schilling, Strachan, and Schmidt early on in the season, Orlov finally has his chance to show why he is considered one of the team's top prospects. Tonight we saw the great two-way play of which he is capable. He was responsible in his own zone, but really was aggressive in transition, repeatedly leading the rush and creating chances. And Green didn't make him look bad.

The Capitals are back at for a Sunday afternoon game against Philadelphia. Game time is 3:00

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