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4 reasons why the Caps lost to the Penguins

4 reasons why the Caps lost to the Penguins

The Caps entered the third period tied with the Penguins at 3, but allowed four goals to Pittsburgh in the final frame for the 7-4 loss.

Here's why the Caps fell to their archrivals on Friday.

A slow start

For the second time in as many games, the Caps faced a 2-0 deficit after giving up the first two goals. Washington has now given up the first goal in nine straight games. Yes, the Caps lead the league in wins when giving up the first goal (13), but they cannot always dig their way out of the holes they dig for themselves. The Caps did well to battle back to tie the game at 3-3 and 4-4, but they did not have enough left in the tank to match Pittsburgh in the third period.

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A brutal Christian Djoos turnover

Already down 1-0, Djoos was pressured in the defensive zone by the forecheck of Carl Hagelin. Hagelin pressured Djoos and then stepped into the passing lane as Djoos tried to pass across the middle to Carlson. Hagelin was able to intercept the puck and took it in on net to beat Braden Holtby and make it 2-0. Kuznetsov was directly in front of Djoos before he attempted to pass through Hagelin. Djoos had a choice of passing to Carlson or Kuznetsov and made the wrong choice under pressure. That's a rookie mistake.

Too many penalties

Pittsburgh came into this game with the best power play in the NHL scoring at a rate of 26.7-percent. Discipline had to be priority No.1 for the Caps. Not only did Washington give up four power plays, but three of those penalties came in the offensive zone. Defensive zone penalties happen. You're chasing the puck and the puck carrier can draw hooks, trips, high-sticks, etc. Offensive zone penalties are unforced errors. The Caps could not afford any of those on Friday and they took three of them. Pittsburgh ultimately scored on three of their four opportunities.

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Speed

The Penguins are a speedy team that likes scoring on the rush. The Caps are a heavier team and do not have the jets to match Pittsburgh. Despite that, Washington was drawn into a track meet early on and ended up trying to play a style of game that favored Pittsburgh. Washington is not going to win a track meet with the Penguins, but they allowed themselves to get drawn in.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.

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