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Having won four of their last five games— and the first on a tough 4-game road trip— the Capitals marched into Staples Center looking to steal two points from the resurgent Los Angeles Kings. Despite being heartily outplayed through two periods, the Caps entered the third behind by only one goal and still with a chance to come away with points...and then they surrendered a goal 17 seconds into the period, which would ultimately prove to be the game winner.
Saturday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The Caps have been tremendous at 4v4 play all season long— per Mike Vogel only the Calgary Flames' 11 goals at four-a-side are more than the 9 the Caps' have, after Ovi's rocket off a real slick feed from his pal Evgeny Kuznetsov. And hey, any night with an Ovi goal couldn't have been that bad, right?
- Minus: From start to finish, it seemed like the Kings got the better of the play, and that's reflected in the possession numbers. Through two periods they were pacing to give up a season-high in 5v5 shot attempts, and then ended up falling just short of that dubious distinction, allowing only 54 5v5 shot attempts. John Carlson and Brooks Orpik were on for two of three Los Angeles goals, and that's only the tip of the iceberg for how bad that pair was tonight...do yourself a favor, and pretend that their shot-attempt differential is not available via any of the links at the top of this page.
And now, this...