Ovi-less Caps pounded 5-2 by Sens
"It's officially time to panic for the Washington Capitals."
I wrote that after Monday's 5-0 embarrassment in Carolina. And after tonight's dreadful road performance in Ottawa, those words right truer and truer with each passing game for these Caps.
Ottawa, one of the teams the Capitals currently are chasing in the playoff race, jumped on the Caps early by scoring four unanswered goals through two periods to send the Caps to their seventh loss in 10 games.
John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault softened the blow for the struggling Caps with back-to-back third periods goals to produce a 5-2 result. The lone bright spot for the Caps was perhaps two assists from enigmatic winger Alex Semin, who the Caps would love to see heat up in the near future. He has points in three of his last four games.
No a lot went right again for Dale Hunter's squad, he had to pull starter Tomas Vokoun for the second-straight night after he gave up four goals on just 11 shots. Eight Caps were minus players on the night, with Brooks Laich leading the way with a minus three.
The Caps failed to take advantage of five power play chances, notching a power play goal in the third, but failing to take advantage of an undisciplined Sens team in the second and third.
Milan Michalek scored twice for Ottawa in addition to goals from Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips and Nick Foligno. Craig Anderson held the fort down with 33 saves on 35 shots to help keep the Sens in the playoff picture yet again. Red-hot Jason Spezza recorded an assist to give him a point in seven-straight games.
Change is needed for the Caps, but that question is whether that will come at the Trade Deadline or in the off-season.
As for changes on the fly, don't expect to see Vokoun in net when the Caps host the Habs on Thursday. Michal Neuvirth has played well in both appearances in relief of Vokoun in the past two games. Expect Hunter to give him a crack in net to spark the lethargic Caps.