In their last two games, both against the Winnipeg Jets, the Caps have given up a big lead in the third period. On Tuesday in Winnipeg, the Caps took a 2-0 lead into the final frame before the Jets rallied to tie it at 2. On Thursday, Winnipeg battled back from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime.
But did those games say more about the Caps' inability to hold a lead or the Jets' ability to rally?
While teams never want to give up a multi-goal lead in the last period, head coach Barry Trotz isn't too concerned given how Winnipeg is playing this season.
I was curious to see how Winnipeg did last night and they did the same thing to Detroit. That's been their M.O. so maybe we're reading a little bit too much into it because Winnipeg Ii think leads the league in third period goals right now and coming back from three, four goals, two goals. They've done it a lot. We'll see. Obviously, I want to finish strong all the time. I think with our team, any time they have a one, two or three-goal lead, you want to make sure you close out those games if you can. You want to have a real high percentage. During the year it's going to happen once in a while where things don't go your way or whatever, but we want to be consistent in that area. We'll just see where it goes before I make a rash statement on that because we just played a team that's very good at coming back and has proven it to this point.
The Jets rallied yet again on Friday, scoring four goals in the third period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. Winnipeg currently leads the NHL in goals scored in the third period with 19.