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Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Caps Lose an Absolute Stinker

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Not Washington's best showing against a team right in the playoff mix of the Eastern Conference.

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In a nationally televised game, the Capitals did not look like the best team in the NHL. Lots of sloppy defensive plays, almost not offensive output and another first allowed goal doomed the Capitals.

  • Plus: Ummm.....the Capitals still have a 19-point lead on the Penguins? Not much positivity from that game. Or, you could include Jason Chimera scoring one of the funnest goals of the season.
  • Minus: Once again, the Capitals surrendered the first goal of the game. They then promptly allowed the second goal to go the Penguins away, and worked from a 2-0 hole. It's getting super concerning.

And now, this...

Ten more notes on the game:

  • Within the first five minutes of the game, the Capitals came up flying, generating numerous scoring chances. They just have to cash in on those chances, and they can end some games early.
  • Complete mishandling of a 3 on 2 by Mike Weber. Weber jumped up on the puck handler, Ian Cole, who was just entering the offensive zone. Weber couldn’t break the puck away from Cole, who just flinged it to the open 2 on 1 opportunity. Weber’s decision exposed Nate Schmidt, forcing him to make a decision. It was an easy goal for Bryan Rust.
  • Speed Kills, and Jason Chimera has speed. On a loose puck that trickled towards Marc-Andre Fleury, Chimera pressured Fleury into playing the puck. Fleury poked it directly into Chimera’s head, and the puck went in. Nice.
  • The game got a little scrappy in the second period. It’s good to see the Capitals play with a bit of an edge in a game that ultimately won’t mean much for them in the standings, but, on the other hand, they can’t let that kind of stuff shake up their game.
  • A great heads up play by Jay Beagle on the Capitals’ second goal. Andre Burakovsky bounced out of the penalty box after serving Weber’s roughing minor. No Penguin picked him up, and Beagle sprung Burakovsky on a breakaway, and the 21-year-old added his 16th score of the season.
  • Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie were reunited in the third period. R.I.P. #TopLineBeagle?
  • Braden Holtby allowed five goals tonight. Holtby hasn’t recorded three straight games where he’s allowed two goals or less since February 4th through the 9th. Prior to that stretch, his next most recent stretch was from December 26th to the 30th.
  • Mike Weber had a tremendously bad hit in the third period. He was given a major, and there may be more discipline to follow. You have to believe Weber is in Trotz's doghouse now.
  • The lowest Corsi-For percentage at even strength 5v5 today? Justin Williams, with 31.82 percent.
  • That's the first time all season the Capitals have allowed six goals in a game.

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