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The Washington Capitals "played" a good first period against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, dominating possession. It was the Jets, however, taking a 1-0 lead to the locker room at the first intermission. That was as good as it got for the Caps. A distinct lack of energy doomed the Caps in the final 40 minutes as the Jets added a second period goal and an empty net tally in the final period to end the Caps' three-game winning streak, 3-0.
Here's Saturday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: First 20 minutes. Despite Winnipeg getting the only goal of the first period, the Caps dominated, out-attempting the Jets by a 28-13 margin.
- Minus: Last 40 minutes. Whatever energy the Caps brought to this game appeared to be expended in the first 20 minutes. In the last two periods the Caps managed 44 shot attempts, but most of those were score effects late as they were trying to climb back into the game.
Ten more notes on the game:
- The shutout was the fourth against the Caps this season, the third time they have been blanked on the road.
- The loss broke a seven-game winning streak against the Jets. It was the first time that the Caps lost in Winnipeg in just over three years, last having lost there on March 16, 2012 by a 3-2 margin.
- The Caps had four power plays against the league's most penalized team. It was the first time in 11 games that the Caps had that many power plays in a contest. They were blanked on the man advantage for just the third time in ten games in March.
- Alex Ovechkin was the embodiment of the Caps' frustration in this game. He had 13 shot attempts, but only two found their way to the Winnipeg net.
- Fifteen Capital skaters had shots blocked tonight. Only Jason Chimera, Brooks Orpik, and John Carlson managed to avoid having shot attempts blocked. Then again, those three combined for only five shot attempts. The total of 26 shots blocked exceeded Winnipeg's shots on goal total (24).
- Speaking of Orpik, he had only one shot attempt, but it was loud, as in "PING!" His shot off the iron to Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec' right with 5:15 left could have closed the Jets' lead to 2-1, and this might have ended up being a totally different recap. It was one of several shots that rang off iron for the Caps tonight.
- In the last game of multiple-game road trips this season, the loss dropped the Caps to 4-3-2 in such games.
- Cue the plus-minus haters... the minus-3 for Ovechkin was his first such game of the season.
- The empty net goal was a shorthanded marker for Winnipeg, just the third shorthanded goal allowed by the Caps this season. Before that score the Caps had been tied for allowing the fewest shorthanded goals in the league.
- The loss was the first career loss that goalie Braden Holtby suffered in Winnipeg. Coming into this game he was 4-0-0, 1.22, .962, with two shutouts against the Jets (he did have a loss against the franchise in Atlanta in November 2010).
And now, this...