F Street Faithful
by Matthew Tate on 01/04/14 at 10:50 PM ET
The Washington Capitals held the Minnesota Wild to only 11 shots, but still fell by a score of 5-3. There's not really anything else to be said, but I'll give it a shot. On to the reCap:
Washington Goals: Johansson 6 PP (Ovechkin, Backstrom); Green 4 (Chimera, Ward); Green 5 (Laich)
Braden Holtby: LOSS; 6 Saves; 5 Goals Allowed
Minnesota Goals: Niederreiter 8 (Coyle, Cooke); Suter 3 PP (Koivu, Granludnd); Suter 4 PP (Koivu, Heatley); Zucker 2 PP (Ballard; Brodin); Suter 5 (Stoner)Nicklas Backstrom: WIN; 26 Saves; 3 Goals Allowed
The Capitals have now allowed opponent hat tricks in back-to-back games.
If there was ever game to shot that shot selection>shot count, this is the one. The Wild scored their fifth goal on only their 10th shot. (and only added one more to totall 11). The Capitals, meanwhile, continue to throw more pucks at the net, but not from high-scoring areas. This was something we saw early in the season. Sure, the numbers are high, but they don't mean much.
Brooks Laich, in his second game back from injury, jumped up to the third line center, knocking Marty Erat down in the process. I'd say Erat becomes vocal again shortly.
Braden Holtby (you know, the Caps #1) made his first start since December 21, 2013. And no, he wasn't injured.
Marcus Johansson might not ever be mistaken for Holmstrom or Knuble when it comes to net presence, but it's better than nothing.
I don't know who was wearing #52 in the first period, but it looked like Mike Green circa 2009. His play to get around Matt Cooke and make it 2-0 was pure nostalgia. And as pretty as that one was, his second was that odd. I don't even think it will count as a shot on goal.
After giving some praise, I must now throw some hate his way. Mike Green is truly terrible at defending odd-man rushes. It looks like he doesn't know what to do. In the past few games, we have seen Green left to defend odd-man rushes in three different situations. In all three of these, goals were scored, including two to complete hat tricks.
Troy Brouwer knows, and follows, the Code.
Sticktap to Katie Carrera of the Post for pointing out that Grabovsi's name was misspelled on his jersey tonight (Grabovsky). This had happened earlier this season, but only for the warm-up.
It seems that sometimes the Caps just want to make it more difficult for themselves. I can't think of any other reason for them to repeatedly allow early leads to disappear.
Despite some statistical improvement, these past few weeks have been rough on the Caps. Luckily, they have a few days off here before heading to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Let's hope they figure some things out.
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