Caps Succeed in Losing Weirdest Game of NHL Season

If you thought Thursday’s Capitals vs. Jets game had one of the weirdest endings of any recent NHL game, you’re not alone. Four goals in the third period–one on a Dustin Byfuglien shot from center ice that deflected off Karl Alzner’s stick– sent a game that had been previously scoreless into overtime and finally a shootout (which the Capitals lost in three rounds; their shooters were Ovechkin, Semin, and Perreault, with only Ovechkin scoring).

Yes, it’s disconcerting the Capitals blew a 2-0 lead in the third. But Byfuglien’s goal to tie the game was hands down one of those fluke hockey plays that have to be considered outliers rather than indicative of poor defensive play. More frustrating was the huge role played by the penalties that the Capitals took late in the game, which gave the Jets a chance for a 6 on 3.

Ted Starkey and yours truly analyze different aspects of Thursday’s game below, and how Brooks Laich’s minutes are being distributed since head coach Dale Hunter is letting Laich ease back into a heavier workload after leaving Sunday’s game injured (Laich finished with just under 8 minutes). Also, is Marcus Johansson relying too much on passing–and not taking the shot on goal when he has the better opening and Ovechkin doesn’t–now that he’s often paired with the Great Eight?



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2 Responses to Caps Succeed in Losing Weirdest Game of NHL Season

  1. Sepp Jancsik says:

    For the past 4 years Caps were exiting,always in the game,high scoring and fun to watch.
    Now we are back in the 80’s and 90’s,a grinding,
    low scoring Team back in the middle of the Pack.
    Looks like the window has been shut.Too bad,
    sure was fun while it lasted.

  2. Grooven says:

    When on the penalty-kill, and the other team pulls the goalie, don’t try to skate the puck out of the defensive zone. Every clearing attempt should be a shot on goal (since there’s an empty net and no icing). Just sayin’…

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