The Capitals met the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this season. One more game will be played in Raleigh on Friday night.
FYI: Andre Burakovsky was out with illness which opened the gates for Connolly.
Ovechkin had an ok night – scoreless but he was giving it his best effort with five SOG. Connolly and Beagle each had four shots. We remain concerned with Oshie’s performance who had two shots tonight. No one played really well, other then Eller.
Can you say sloooowwww game?
So in the first period there was a lot of passing—especially on the Caps power play. And some awesome saves by Braden Holtby. Nobody scored…
Second period got going with a penalty kill, nicely executed by the defense and Holtby. We have photo proof!!
There were a lot of almost goals. Undoubtedly, the Hurricanes (Staal) got a puck past Holtby–it was almost in slow-mo.
Eller brought some life back to the Caps with a sweet flying goal- he was pretty happy with himself too!!! 1-1 now. We love how he just kind of waited around for everyone to join him! There was hope that they could actually beat Darling in the net…
The third and final period was pretty awful. The Caps failed to take advantage of a power play and the Canes scored two more goals (Rask and Aho) Rask hadn’t had a goal since the last time he scored on the Caps. Did we mention the Aho goal was an empty netter?
So the Capitals head to Raleigh leaving behind a 3-1 loss. Lets hope they have more bounce in their game on Friday. Grubi in the net there. And lets hope they find their power play prowess ’cause they seem to have misplaced it.
BTW: We have to give credit to Canes goalie Scott Darling. He played a great game for his team.