Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Friday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: The Capitals allowed their opponent to score first for the seventh straight game when a turnover in the defensive zone led to Sam Bennett finding Michael Frolik for a snap shot that eluded goaltender Philipp Grubauer’s blocker for a 1-0 lead 7:35 into the second period. The Flames doubled their lead 1:32 into the third period when forward Sean Monahan carried across the blue line and hit the brakes in the high slot, buying him enough time and space away from Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen to fire a shot over Grubauer’s right shoulder and under the crossbar.
Washington crawled back into it 5:41 into the third when Michael Latta hammered his own rebound under Karri Ramo for his first goal since Nov. 15, 2013 in Detroit under former head coach Adam Oates. Latta was cross-checked to the ice by Micheal Ferland just after he scored but he jumped to his feet and celebrated his first goal in nearly two years.
The Caps nearly tied the score with 5:26 remaining when Tom Wilson pitchforked the puck out of Ramo’s grasp, but Karl Alzner was a a stride too late and T.J. Brodie shoved puck under Ramo. That set the stage for Jay Beagle, who was left completely alone in front of Ramo with 4:48 remaining in regulation. Andre Burakovsky spotted Beagle and hit him with a perfect pass. Beagle had enough time to go from his forehand to his backhand and beat Ramo, who was sprawled out of position.
In the overtime period Monahan won it 1:40 into the extra period when he got a step on Dmitry Orlov, took a pass from T.J. Brodie and beat Grubauer top shelf. The Caps used a coach’s challenge to review the goal, but replays showed Monahan’s back skate was on the blue line when Brodie entered the offensive zone, making the play onsides.
What it means: The Caps’ loss was their second in three games and marked their first defeat in a back-to-back situation. They fell to 11-4-1 (23 points) to move three points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers (12-2-2, 26 points).
Look ahead: Washington does not play again until Wednesday night when they visit Mike Green and the Red Wings in Detroit.
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