The Washington Capitals Lose again on there west coast trip to the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. The Capitals have now scored only one goal in six periods of hockey on the road trip out west.
The Capitals played a very competitive game against a very good Kings team, but couldn’t finish and score goals on an elite goalie in Johnathan Quick. The Capitals where only outshot 29 to 26.
Jeff Carter got the scoring going after Philip Groubauer made two saves on Carter after a shot came from the point, but John Carlson was caught in the play and TJ Oshie was left behind to play defense on Carter and couldn’t prevent one of the best power forwards in the NHL from scoring on the Capitals. As you can see in this picture you can see TJ Oshie playing defense while John Carlson just standing on top of the hash marks.
Later in the second period TJ Oshie made up from his defensive error by dishing an amazing pass to Jakub Vrana who batted his rebound like a baseball into the net to make it 1-1. Oshie battled through two LA defenders to make one of his best plays of the year.
Later in the second Trevor Lewis of the Kings blew by Capitals defensemen Brooks Orpik who couldn’t stop Lewis from two rebound shots giving the Kings a 2-1 lead. Orpik showed his older age by absolutely getting our worked in speed and strength from a younger forward.
In the third period the Capitals brought out everything they could, but yet couldn’t beat Johnathan Quick proving he is still one of the NHL’s best goalies. Kyle Clifford of the LA Kings scored an empty net goal with a minute left in the game making it 3-1 for another Washington Capitals lost.
Philip Groubauer started the game as figured with a struggling Braden Holtby. Groubauer got the lost, but the lost wasn’t due to lack of goaltending. Groubauer made 26 saves, and the goals he let in where all due to lack of defense not being able to clear forwards from scoring on rebounds in front of the net.
Yet again the Capitals where unable to score on the power play having three chances in the game, and at one point had an entire minute on a two man advantage. Hopefully the Capitals can end the road trip with a win when they play next Saturday against the San Jose Sharks.