F Street Faithful
by Matthew Tate on 01/14/14 at 09:55 PM ET
The Washington Capitals fell to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout 2-1 on Tuesday. In what was yet another well-played game by the Capitals, they were stopped by another great goaltender. At some point, you have to stop giving the opposing goaltenders all the credit. On to the reCap:
Washington Goals: Ovechkin 33 (Alzner, Grabovski)
Philipp Grubauer: SO LOSS 28 Saves; 1 Goal Allowed
San Jose Goals: Kennedy 4 (Demers, Desjardins)
Antti Niemi: WIN 35 Saves; 1 Goal Allowed
|Washington (0)||San Jose (1)|
|Fehr: Save||Pavelski: Save|
|Ovechkin: Miss||Marleau: GOAL|
The Caps once again pay for not taking advantage of early dominance. The Caps opened tonight with seven of the first eight shots, but failed to get on the board. The Sharks, one of the best first-period teams, took control back, registering the next eight shots and the first goal.
It's become somewhat clear that Oates will do whatever it takes to get Brooks Laich rolling. Despite being a bit of a dud on every line so far this year, Laich found himself playing with the “top” line of Ovechkin and Grabovski in the second period. Meanwhile, Eric Fehr, who I believe to be one of the most consistent players, was demoted.
I'm a big Orlov fan, but I'm starting to see why management thought he would do well with some time in Hershey. His decision-making still leaves a bit to be desired. This is most obvious on his defensive zone clears and offensive zone pinches. That being said, he really stepped up in the third period.
Aaron Volpatti and Mike Brown obviously do not care about protecting their faces. This is not a gift with which many are familiar.
Alex Ovechkin seemed to be on the left side a lot tonight. Not sure if that was a pre-game decision or just the result of happenstance. Oates doesn't seem like the type to tell him to abandon what helped Ovechkin reclaim his form.
If there is one thing the Caps are usually consistent with, it's relying on John Carlson for heavy minute. This was not the case tonight, as the Green/Orlov pair led the way. Either Oates was feeling a hunch or he's planning on needing Alzner/Carlson for tomorrow night.
Near flashback to Game 6 against the Rangers last spring, as the Capitals had not seen a power play well into the final minutes. That all changed when Mareleau tripped up Grabovski with 1:15 remaining.
Some wacky no-calls late in overtime. Chimera first gets away with throwing a little shot at Vlasic. Vlasic, clearly shooken up, gets away with covering the puck with his hand. Lots of “let them play” tonight.
I hate shootouts.
The Caps' busy schedule continues tomorrow with a big game against the division-leading Penguins.
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