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After seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end Friday night, the Caps hit the road looking to get back on track against the Blues. With St. Louis on a red hot streak, it would take the Caps' best effort to pick up two points away from the friendly confines of home... but that was nowhere to be found. And after a sluggish start, an opportunistic Blues attack and a lack of firepower of their own ultimately doomed them.
Look for our full recap later, but first, Saturday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: After being a last-minute insertion into the lineup for tonight's game, Tom Wilson brought something that most of his teammates seemed to have left at home: energy. He was throwing the body around all night and creating momentum where there was none before. Sure, he still walks that line between legal and not so much with some of his checks (and we'd prefer that he not fight anymore), but all in all a strong, spirited return to the ice for #43.
- Minus: The Caps were absolutely dominated for long stretches of the game, looking every bit the part of a team playing their second game in two nights. Somewhat understandable, sure, but not a good enough excuse for looking so sluggish so early in this one, especially this early in the season. They weren't generating chances, they weren't moving their feet, and as a result they weren't drawing penalties - and at the end of the night they had just one goal and no points to show for it.
And now, this...