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by Matthew Tate on 10/16/13 at 10:00 PM ET
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:
Washington Goals: None
Braden Holtby: LOSS; 34 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed.
New York Goals: Moore 1 (Richards, McDonagh); Callahan 2 (Richards, Brassard)
Henrik Lundqvist: WIN; 22 Saves; 0 Goals Allowed
The other night, the Caps beat Edmonton thanks for a 4-minute stretch in the second period. Tonight, they lost the game during a 5-minute stretch in the second. During that time frame, the Rangers put 15 unanswered shot on Holtby and gave up two goals. Throughout all of the second, the Caps were outshot 21-6.
For the second consecutive game, the Caps could not get enough shots on net. Teams are showing they know exactly how to play this offense. We have seen time and time again opposing defenses just collapse their defense to the center. Caps have not shown they know how to penetrate. Until they do, teams will give them the boards all day.
The Caps had their chance to let their powerplay get them into this game. They had a 5-on-3 in the first, but could not find the back of the net. Joel Ward will probably lose some sleep tonight over his miss on that 5-on-3, as he had a wide open net, but his stick failed him. Killing off a 5-on-3 can (and was tonight) a huge momentum swing.
Henrick Lundvist has not allowed a goal against Washington since Mike Ribeiro's OT winner in Game 5. That's three conscecutive game.
Jason Chimera, who was fined earlier today, had a scary moment in the third when he lost an edge and went feet-first into the boards. He would not return to the game, though he did stay on the bench.
Troy Brouwer's contact with Derrick Stepan will probably get a review by Shanahan over the next couple of days. From my perspective, it doesn't like look he was looking for any contact at all; just trying to get off the ice. There was no follow through on the hit. To me, purely incidental, not too different from Dave Steckel's run-in with Crosby a few years back.
Marcus Johansson's presence on the top line baffles me. He has absolutely no shot and brings nothing to that line that Backstrom doesn't already have. That line needs a power forward who is good defensively.
At this point, it's nothing more than a rumor, but I did see a bunch of tweets saying Bob McKenzie allegedly reported Edmonton had inquired as to the services of Michal Neuvirth. That could fetch the Caps a good piece if it turns out to be true. But, as I said, I could not find any actual story on this, so just a rumor.
ERAT WATCH: 6:20. Back to single digits. The biggest surprise was on that early powerplay. With the first PP unit gassed, we got a rare look at the second unit. Not only was Martin Erat not on that line, but Eric Fehr and TOM WILSON were. There has to be something going on here that we don't know about.
Adam Oates' patience has to be wearing thin. The lack of consistency coming from these lines is just non-existant. With the next game not until Saturday, hopefully we will see something. That brings me to a different point. F Street Faithful will be taking a week-long hiatus while I am on my honeymoon next week. It will be back in full-swing for the Vancouver game on the 28th.
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