The Washington Capitals saw their five-game win streak come to an end in a 3-0 loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks Tuesday.
How it happened: After limited offense through the first 20 minutes, the Sharks struck twice in the second period with goals from Marc-Edourad Vlasic and Brent Burns. San Jose's defense did the rest limiting the Caps' offensive opportunities.
What it means: The loss is the Caps' first since Oct. 26, snapping a five-game win streak. The Caps remain in third place of the Metropolitan Division behind both the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
We're going to need a bigger boat: There's just something about the Sharks. With the win, the Sharks are now 25-9-2-1 all-time against the Capitals. San Jose has won 21 out of 24 against Washington since 1999. The Caps also dropped both contests against the Western conference foe last season. Caps fans should be glad these two teams only meet twice a season.
Firing blanks: The Caps couldn't manage to beat San Jose netminder Martin Jones thanks to a great effort by the Sharks' blueliners. San Jose limited Washington to only four shots on goal in the first period, tying a season-low. Despite the low shots on goal total, the Caps actually had 12 total shot attempts, but had trouble getting anything through on Jones. San Jose's defense did a good job clogging all of the Caps' shooting lanes resulting in five missed shots and three blocked. For the game, the Caps were held to only 24 shots on goal, another season low.
No help from the blue line: San Jose got two goals from its defense on Tuesday which matches the total number of goals the Caps have got from their defenseman this season. By himself, Burns has five goals. Washington has gotten plenty of offensive help from the blue line in terms of assists as the defensemen have earned at least one point in 10 of the team's 12 games, but that offense is not translating into goals. The Caps defense has earned 21 assists, but only two goals, both from Karl Alzner.
Look ahead: The Capitals pack their bags for a three-game starting Friday in Chicago. That’s followed by a quick turnaround in Carolina the following night. Then the road trip wraps up on Tuesday as the Caps face John Tortorella’s squad in Columbus.