Today’s 3-0 loss against the San Jose Sharks was all too painful, as the Capitals’ five-game winning streak comes to an end. What hurts the most, though, is that the Caps really tried. While they didn’t start out with much energy, the boys in red were seriously pushing themselves towards the end, but Jones and friends came out of the game victorious.
The first period was practically dead. Perhaps if the Caps had come out of the gate with more energy, the scoreboard would’ve read differently, but the first twenty minutes were nothing more than dull. It wasn’t until after a few nearly successful scoring attempts that the Capitals really started to wake up, and even then, it was sloppy. Passing was weak and no one was paying attention, and we were lazy overall. The penalty kill was fairly good, however, and Braden Holtby was a star player, as usual.
It was evident in the second period that Barry Trotz gave his team a good talking to during intermission, as they actually came out with a lot of improvements. The hits were strong, the energy was high, the power was there, and the Caps were taking their scoring opportunities. It just wasn’t enough, though. Soon enough, Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for the Sharks and Brent Burns added onto it shortly after.
The third period was the most frustrating of all. The Capitals pushed and pushed, took every shot they could, and skated as fast as possible, but nothing was getting past Martin Jones. They never gave up and neither did the fans, chanting and screaming to motivate the Caps. The 3-0 loss was solidified, however, when Joe Thornton scored an empty-netter in the last few minutes.
There was one highlight of the night, though – the Capitals Bobblehead Election. All day today, Caps fans voted for the next bobble head giveaway, with the choices of Braden Holtby, Tom Wilson, or Justin Williams. The winner? Holtby, by a long shot. His bobblehead will be handed out on March 21 at the Caps vs Flames game to all in attendance. At least we have that to celebrate on this frustrating night.