Well that was a doozy of a game and not in a good way. After the Capitals played a great game agains the Bruins just two nights ago, they quickly let this game get by them after the first 20 minutes. At least Nicklas Backstrom got his 700th assist!
Nicklas Backstrom is the first player in franchise history and the 54th player in NHL history to reach the 700-assist milestone. He is the second fastest active player (Sidney Crosby: 856 GP) and the 23rd-fastest player in NHL history to reach the mark in his 979th career game. pic.twitter.com/uMbqDlP9Cs— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 6, 2021
Plus: The Capitals had a strong first period, and even though they were losing by one after 20 minutes, they were still very much in the game. They finished the first period 10-7 in Scoring Chances and 4-3 in High Danger Chances.
Minus: Many big name Capitals were just straight up bad. Alexander Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, Brendan Dillon, John Carlson, Jakub Vrana, among others were making bad choices and not trying hard enough all night that cost the Capitals a lot of goals against.
A few more notes on the game:
- The game two nights ago was very physical and it carried over into this one. The first major moment was when Charlie McAvoy tried to deck Garnett Hathaway, but Charlie got wrecked himself. McAvoy left the game but, luckily, returned a couple minutes later with just a cut above his brow.
- Lars Eller will probably see Jaroslav Halak in his nightmares tonight. He had two high great chances in the first period. First a breakaway then a nice chance by whacking the puck out of the middle of the air in front of the net, but Halak came up with two big saves.
- The Capitals played a great first period but Evgeny Kuznetsov got tripped up on a cross over which allowed Brad Marchand to get the puck in front of the net and he roofed a backhand to take the lead. An unfortunate play that no one could do anything about.
- Tom Wilson dealt a hard hit to Brendan Carlo, which obviously caused a commotion. Since it’s Wilson mostly everyone thought it was capital murder; it wasn’t. His shoulder hit Carlo’s stick and it drove into Carlo’s face. It’s an unfortunate hit that Wilson probably should have avoided but it didn’t receive a penalty, which was the right call.
This will be an unpopular tweet, and that’s fine, because I don’t conclude based on reputation or narrative.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 6, 2021
My opinion: Tom Wilson’s hit on Carlo is not illegal.
Carlo’s head is not the main point of contact. Break it down, sure looks like he gets chest/torso first. [Thread] pic.twitter.com/10fhMN1CAt
- Wilson of course had to answer for that by fighting big boy (6’6” 230lbs) Jarred Tinordi. Both got their licks in. He also had to fight Trent Frederic. He’ll need some ice bags tonight.
- Shortly after the Bruins made it 0-2 on a nice backdoor tip in. Then not long after that two Caps collided into the each other leaving two Bruins wide open in front of the net which resulted in a goal against, making it 0-3 Bruins.
- With five minutes left the Capitals allowed another backdoor pass for an open net. Vitek Vanecek had a strong game that was consistently hung out to dry. He was pulled from the game to hopefully wake the Capitals up.
- Quickly into the third the Capitals were lazy yet again and gave up a quick goal. They took a deep dive the suck hole after the first period.
- The only thing that was interesting for the rest of the period and is Marchand threw a tantrum at Hathaway which caused a crowd where Chara was scuffling with his old Bruin teammate.
- Vrana finally got the Capitals on the board with a wicked wrister that gave Backstrom his 700th assist. Too bad it was buried in a terrible game.
Teams are allowed to have a handful of stinkers a season and this was one of them. They’ll have to rebound quickly as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon.