NASHVILLE—The Caps had been solid defensively for about three weeks, yielding an average of two goals over a span of eight contests.
Then they ran into the surging Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Although the Caps fought back from an early two-goal hole, Kevin Fiala and the Preds scored four of the game’s next five goals and pulled away for a 6-3 win that probably wasn’t as close as the score made it sound.
The victory was Nashville’s fifth in a row and it halted the Caps’ modest two-game run as they head to Denver forThursday’s showdown with the Avalanche.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Kevin Fiala, Predators
The Swiss winger scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second period on a redirection right in front that put the Preds up 4-2. Fiala was also credited with the primary assist on Nashville’s first goal. The 21-year-old second liner also drew an early penalty that put the Caps on their heels.
2-T.J. Oshie, Capitals
Oshie netted a pair of goals, including one on the power play. On the first, a John Carlson point shot redirected off of him and past Pekka Rinne. On the second, he finished a gorgeous passing sequence where, on the rush, Nicklas Backstrom fed Chandler Stephenson, who zipped a cross ice pass to Oshie. No. 77 now has nine goals on the season and three in the last three contests.
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3-John Carlson, Capitals
The veteran defenseman continues to rack up points after amassing assists on Oshie’s first tally (primary) and Alex Chiasson’s second period snipe (secondary). Carlson came into the game tied for ninth in defenseman scoring; he’s now up to 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists). With Carlson’s two helpers, the Caps’ defensemen have now recorded 21 points over the last 11 games.
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