The Caps saw their three-game win streak snapped on Thursday in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. It was a game in which Washington led 1-0 and 2-1, but they were unable to close out the Kings. Here's why.
9 seconds in the second period
In a span of just a few seconds, the Caps went from leading 2-1 to down 3-2. In the second period, Braden Holtby retrieved the puck behind the net, but did not clear it and instead hit it off the wall to the blue line where Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid was able to pounce on it. MacDermid shot the puck quickly and it deflected off of Johnny Brodzinski and through the five-hole of Holtby. After the ensuing faceoff, Jussi Jokinen managed to sneak his way behind Madison Bowey who was caught out of position. A pass from Trevor Lewis sprung Jokinen who beat Holtby through the five-hole again. Two goals from the Kings and it came in a span of just nine seconds. That is tough swing for anyone to overcome.
The Caps defense lost Kings players behind them
As mentioned above, Jokinen was able to sneak behind Bowey for the Kings' third goal of the game, but that was not the first time the Caps defense lost track of someone. In the first period, the Caps had possession of the puck in the offensive zone, but when it looked like the Kings may gain the puck on a battle along the boards, Marion Gaborik did not hesitate. He was up near the blue line and decided to gamble as he made his way up ice and behind Brooks Orpik who looked like he had no idea Gaborik was behind him. Gaborik took the pass, again from Lewis, and was off to the races. Holtby made the initial save, but the rebound bounced off of Tyler Graovac and over the shoulder of Holtby. Of Los Angeles' three goals, two of them were the result of a forward getting in behind the defense.
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Quick is one of those goalies who sparks a lot of debate. Some people think he's the best goalie in the NHL. Others think he is too inconsistent and makes simple saves look harder than they need to be. Wherever you stand on him, he was certainly on his game Thursday. Quick made 27 saves including a handful of brilliant stops that ultimately kept the Kings ahead. One moment in particular stood out in the third period when he made a diving stop on Christian Djoos to prevent the late, game-tying goal.