Fresh off a big win in Beantown, the Caps opened a three-game homestand against another high-end opponent in the San Jose Sharks. But a rough first ten minutes for the hosts almost proved to be too much to come back from, as the Caps dug all the way out of a 3-0 hole to send the game into overtime and then to a shootout before finally succumbing, 6-5. Look for our full recap tomorrow morning, but first, Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Alex Ovechkin was super, scoring (twice), assisting (once), shooting (eight shots on goal, another six attempts), hitting (five), blocking shots (two, which is two too many), backchecking, and so on. Strong lead-by-example game for the Caps' lead-by-example captain.
- Minus: That start - three goals allowed to low-scoring (to be generous) guys making their respective season debuts in the first half of the first period. That's ugly with blame to go around (starting with but not limited to Braden Holtby (three goals against on seven shots), John Carlson (minus-four on the night, on the ice for all five goals-against) and Brooks Orpik (ditto)).
Our Moment of Zen First Star: