Caps Winning Streak Broken by Carolina Hurricanes
The League leading Washington Capitals blew into Raleigh for their final game of 2015 looking to end with 10 consecutive wins on the ledger. Philipp Grubauer was in the net tonight giving Braden Holtby a much needed rest. Unfortunately, it was not to be the Caps night.
Missing from the line up were Jay Beagle and John Carlson. And of course Brooks Orpik is still out. In for them were Zach Sill and Connor Carrick.
Nicklas Backstrom was back along with Michael Latta. Zach Sill and Latta moved back and forth as the third line center. And Connor Carrick stayed in the lineup and was paired with fellow defenseman Taylor Chorney. Nicky looked like his old self out there, which makes us all breathe easier.
First Period—The Yawner
The first period went scoreless with the Canes slightly outshooting the Caps. Evgeny Kuznetsov with a hooking call at 4:29 heads off to the box. Grubbs held off Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal’s attempt to score on the PP. The period ended scoreless and pretty evenly matched on shots on goal (SOG), hits, and faceoff wins.
Second Period—Goals and Tom Wilson
The second started with the Cans firing four shots in rapid succession, all of which Grubi saved. At 15:44 Dmitry Orlov brought his arm up and was called for elbowing/contact with the head—although Caps fans disagreed with the call. Caps PK line held against the Canes but after a wrist shot by Jordan Staal was waved off; Wilson and Sill got into a scrum with Jordan Staal just outside the crease. When Sill attempted to pull Staal off Jordan fell back into Tom Wilson which led to more of a tussle. Wilson, of course, ended up in the box along with Andrej Nestrasil for matching roughing penalties. Still no score though on the PP by Carolina. At 12:12 Phil DiGuiseppe scores with a snap shot. The Caps believed, as did most of you, the goal came as a result of the referees missing a tripping on Kuzy at the faceoff. At 10:12 Nicky showed us that he is just fine with a snap shot right over the shoulder of Eddie Lack and into the net. Nice shift by the fourth line with all of them firing shots and creating space to score. Brooks with four shots, Burki and Latts with one each in the period. Tied game 1-1.
Third Period—The End
Around 51 seconds into the period, it looked like Staal had a goal as Grubauer slapped the goal out and the Ref failed to call a goal. The puck remained in play. Upon review it was ruled a good goal. 2-1 Canes. 14:44 Jeff Skinner scores. 3-1 A beauty of a shot by Ovi (21) (with an assist by Laich) brings the score a bit closer: 3-2 Canes. Our goalie was pulled and the Canes took advantage with an empty net goal by Nestrsil with seconds to spare. The game ended a disappointing 4-2 Canes.
Some great efforts by the boys. Everyone was working to make it happen. Unfortunately, it was not enough to pull out the win.
Happy New Year Friends, Keep Rocking the RED!!!