Caps fall at home to Canes
The Washington Capitals season isn’t starting out they way they would have liked, at least as a team. For Alex Ovechin, his seas0n is starting out just fine. Kicking off a five game home stand, the Caps fell to 3-2 to Metropolitan division rival Carolina. The loss drops the Caps to 1-3 overall and tumbled them to the bottom of the division.
Jason Chimera gave Washington a 1-0 lead at the 5:33 mark with a wrister shot form the right of Carolina net Anton Kuddobin. That lead was taken into the first intermission. Elisa Lindholm knotted the game a little over the half way mark of the second period. Less than a minute later, the red hot Alexander Ovechkin reclaimed the lead for the Caps with his 5th goal of the season. Ovechkin’s goal was a deflection of a defensive shot from Steven Oleksy, who picked up his first helper of the season. Ovechkin has scored a goal in each of the four games this season and now has 5 goals and 2 assist in four games.
Former Cap Alexander Semin tied the game less than three minutes later on a two man advantage for Carolina. The Caps and Canes took a 2-2 score into the second intermission.
Nathan Gerbe notched the game winner at the 6:59 mark of the final period on a complete defensive collapse by the Caps blue line. The defense was actually lucky to just allow Gerbe one marker int he third period. Gerbe had three excellent opportunities from defensive miscues in the final frame.
Coming into the game last night, the Capitals had the number one power play in the NHL. Not last night. The Caps went 0-5 in man advantage opportunities. The penalty kill unit was 4-5.
Obviously, this is not the kind of start Caps fans wanted to see, especially given their much tougher schedule and divisions this season. They do have an opportunity to right the ship with the next four games coming at the Verizon Center. Caps will face Colorado on Saturday at 7PM.
* Alex Ovechkin has scored points and goals in FOUR straight games.