San Jose has not been a kind place for the Caps over the years, to say the least. Sure, two of the last three visits coming into this one have been wins for the Caps, but neither was in regulation - for their last regulation win, you’d have to go all the way back to 1993.
For their next one? Well... that’s going to have to wait a little bit longer.
Here's Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The Caps have been one of the better first-period teams overall this season... but you wouldn’t know it based on recent games, as they’ve given up the first goal in three of their last five and have generally looked sluggish since the break. That said, tonight they mostly avoided that, thanks in large part to a particularly strong (and productive) opening frame by the team’s “fourth” line.
- Minus: Special teams were anything but tonight. Going 0-for-5 on the power play isn’t ideal, and it’s even worse when you counter that with a 2-for-5 marker on the penalty kill. The Caps had their looks - and plenty of power-play opportunities to practice - but just couldn’t quite get things to bounce right with the extra man (and couldn’t keep things from bouncing wrong shorthanded).
And now, this... from when we still had hope: