Capitals lose to Stars 5-2
The Washington Capitals lost to the Dallas Stars 5-2 in what was a pretty good game until the third period. Everything fell apart for the Capitals in the third period, as they allowed three goals in the first 8:05 to create a 5-2 lead that proved to be insurmountable. The Capitals have really struggled against the Stars, as they have one regulation win against the Stars in their past twenty meetings.
The first two periods featured two evenly matched teams that were tied 2-2 after two periods. The ice was very slick, as it was a new sheet of ice that was only its second game. This made for very fast and exciting hockey. Both teams were flying down the ice, and the puck was very unpredictable. The Capitals got a first period power play goal from Alex Semin. Down 2-1 in the second period, John Carlson seemed to give the team new life with a slap shot off a faceoff that got past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to tie the game. After the second period, though, every thing went downhill for the Capitals.
Michal Neuvirth had a very rough night. The Stars caught him out of position repeatedly, and he had to make huge saves all night long. He certainly wasn’t helped by his defense, as he faced 35 shots. The Capitals were making mistake after mistake in the third period, especially on defense. Their forwards could not take advantage of the opportunities that they had. A lot of credit has to be given to Lehtonen, he was phenomenal tonight. He knew what he had to do to win the game: not give up rebounds, because the Capitals are very good at taking advantage of rebounds. And that’s exactly what Lehtonen did. Props to him, but the Capitals didn’t adjust to that, so they deserved to lose in that respect.
The Capitals will play again this Friday when they travel up to New Jersey to play the Devils. On Saturday, the two teams switch places as the Capitals return home to play the Devils. Hopefully the Capitals will fix things back then. They should have Mike Green back, so that should definitely help.