What a strange game was the Washington Capitals' 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night.
The Caps took three consecutive penalties in the first, which the Islanders followed up by taking three penalties of their own in the second. But Dale Hunter's Caps held firm in taking the last set of three penalties in the third.
But that was about the most interesting thing to take away from the game from a Caps standpoint. Frankly, in the NHL when you don't score you lose. Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun knows this all to well.
"We didn't score a goal. Obviously that hurts the most, the veteran said postgame. "You can't...
Islanders get a huge victory over the streaking Capitals tonight, winning 3-0. The Islanders came into the game looking to rebound from a bad game yesterday against Nashville and rebound is definitely what they did. The Capitals who have been hot of late looked like a tall test for the tired Islanders who played yesterday and had to travel to get to Washington.
The game started slow as neither team could keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone. One play that stood out to me during the early going of the period was Nabokov’s handling of the puck. He came out to handle the puck in front of the net, mishandled it and left a great chance for the Capitals. Thankfully for the Islanders they were unable to get a good shot on net and Nabokov was able to recover. Nabokov needs to work on his puck handling as it has become a problem as of late and has cost the Islanders goals at certain points.
The red-hot New York Rangers came into Verizon Center riding a five-game win streak on Wednesday night, but they left the building with a losing streak after being handled by Alex Semin and the Caps 4-1.
Semin scored twice and Troy Brouwer netted the game-winner in the second period to lead the Washington Capitals over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers. Marcus Johansson also scored for Washington, starting the scoring in the first period.
Following Johansson's opening goal, Brandon Dubinsky tied the game at 1-1 for the visiting Rangers at the 17:16 mark of the first period when he ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Vokoun...
Sleepless in Seattle? More like listless in Buffalo for the Washington Capitals the day after Christmas.
Buffalo jumped on the Capitals early with four first period goals from Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis, Christian Erhoff and rookie Brayden McNabb's first NHL tally in route to a 4-2 win over the visiting Caps at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres scored just 51 seconds into the first, keying a period that would doom the Caps despite righting the ship in the second and third by pulling within two. Those goals came from Matt Hendricks, his first of the season late in the second, and Alex Ovechkin on a powerplay in the third.
In the past three games, the Washington Capitals have mustered just three total goals. In that same three-game span, the NHL's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos has managed four tallies.
The Caps' hunt for offense won't get any easier when they welcome the Nashville Predators to town tonight. The Predators allow just 2.59 goals per game, which ranks in the top half of the NHL in that department.
They also boast one of the league's very best between the pipes in last year's Vezina Runner-up Pekka Rinne. But the Caps catch a break as it will be backup Anders LIndback in net for the Preds tonight as Rinne will get the night off ...
Following their worst game of the season on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Washington Capitals rebounded with one of their best games of the season on Thursday night.
Such is life in D.C. for the Capitals, who have struggled after getting out to a 7-0-0 mark to begin the season. Since then, they've changed coaches while experiencing much of the same results, losses.
But Tuesday brought a new low as the Caps were manhandled at home by the Flyers 5-1. The Caps had been 7-0-3 against the Flyers in the past 10 meetings, but fell behind early and looked badly outmatched all game.
Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.
With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.
Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.
Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.
But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.