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Coming off a perfect three-game road trip that concluded with arguably their best win of the season Tuesday night in Tampa, the Washington Capitals faced a test of a different sort on Thursday night - demonstrating to themselves and their fans that they can carry over that high level of play to a home game against a team below them in the standings.
Sure enough, the Caps got off to a good start (thanks to a few Columbus penalties), but had trouble generating much quality offensive opportunities (and most of what they could generate was eaten up by Sergei Bobrovsky) or converting on subsequent power plays and ultimately would succumb to the Blue Jackets 3-2 on an overtime power-play goal by Nick Foligno. Here's Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Shot suppression. The Caps allowed eight even-strength shots on goal and ten total through two periods and only allowed 18 five-on-five shot attempts through 40 minutes. They'd yield another 10 shots in the third and three more in the overtime period, but Columbus's offense was well under control... for the most part.
- Minus: Play with the lead. Was this our minus two nights ago? Yep. Still an issue? Yep. For the second-straight game, the Caps gained and lost two one-goal leads. The first blown lead in this one came on a defensive breakdown for which there were no shortage of culpable Caps, and the second... let's put that one on Braden Holtby. Gotta have that one. And this team's gotta be better with a lead if they want to climb up the standings ladder. (Honorable mention minus? The 1-for-6 power play that fired 18 shots on net, but only converted once.)
And now, this (Caps' power-play shot attempts, via war-on-ice.com)...