A red-hot Capitals team saw its four-game win streak snapped at the hands of the lowly Arizona Coyotes in a 3-2 overtime loss. Here's how it happened.
The first period
Washington was absolutely flat to start the game. The Caps managed only two shots on goal in the first period, neither of which came from any of the team's forwards. In total, Washington managed only 12 shot attempts in the first 20 minutes. That was not the tone the Caps needed to set against a team they expected to beat.
The Caps had 58 shot attempts in the game. Of those 58 attempts, 22 of those shots were misses. Not blocks, but misses. The Caps just could not hit the net in this game. Even on opportunities in which they were not being challenged, they would sail the pucks wide or even over the net. If you have the opportunity and the room, you need to get the puck on net.
Both teams had two power plays in the game. The Caps failed to score on either of their opportunities. Arizona went 1 for 2 as Washington gave up a power play goal at the start of the third period to get the Coyotes back in the game. Arizona entered the game ranked 26th in the NHL on the power play, the Caps were 13th. The Coyotes should not have been able to climb back into this game with special teams, but that is exactly what happened.
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A dreadful overtime
Did the Capitals possess the puck at all in overtime? It sure didn’t feel like it. They were outshot 6-1 by the Coyotes who absolutely dominated the extra session. With players like Kuznetsov, Vrana, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov, the Capitals should be a very good 3-on-3 team. Instead, it looked like they were just trying to survive by the end of overtime before Clayton Keller finally scored the game-winner.