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Capitals vs. Red Wings QuickCap: Washington Gives Away a Point or Two

Washington blows a third period lead... and Detroit didn't even have to work all that hard for it.

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After a 1-2-0 swing through Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, the Caps returned home on Wednesday night to host Conference "rival" (apparently) Detroit. After yielding the game's first goal, the Caps took a 2-1 lead into the third period before almost literally giving away the game en route to a 4-2 loss. Look for our full recap later, but first, Wednesday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Alex Ovechkin's shot generation. Much has been made of the captain's recent shooting slump, but Ovechkin fired seven shots on goal in this one, and had another three that were blocked and yet another three that missed the net. Ovechkin was held off the score sheet - the first time in his career he's been held pointless in five-straight - but the points will come.
  • Minus: Defensive zone turnovers. Detroit's first goal came after what should've been an easy clear... but the puck bounced on/off Marcus Johansson and resulted in a mini-breakaway on Holtby. Their second goal came after Brooks Orpik and Andre Burakovsky made back-to-back turnovers that again hung Holtby out to dry. That's just lousy puck management (feel free to include the third Detroit tally, if you'd like, but the coverage on that one was still pretty good... see below), and it cost the Caps.

Our "Moment of Zen" First Star:

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