The Caps saw their three-game win streak snapped Tuesday at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Here's why they lost.

Jack Eichel

He may be known more for being the guy drafted after Connor McDavid, but Eichel is a great player in his own right and that was on display against Washington. Buffalo’s first goal of the game was completely setup by the work of Eichel. On an offensive zone faceoff, Eichel knocked the puck through the legs of Lars Eller, jumped after it to pressure Brooks Orpik and force the turnover and then made the pass to the open Evander Kane on the doorstep for the goal.


Not enough shots

Washington managed only four shots on goal in the first period and did not reach double digits until 13:10 had elapsed in the second period. In the end, they were only outshot 32-25 which doesn’t look too bad, but a lot of those shots came in a third-period flurry as they tried to claw their way back into the game.

Benoit Pouliot

Pouliot has 122 career goals and four of them have come against Philipp Grubauer in just five games. It was no surprise then to see Pouliot record the game-winner in the third period given his history with the Caps’ netminder. John Carlson stepped into the offensive zone to join the attack, but Pouliot took the puck in the other direction, skating the length of the ice, away from a Jakub Vrana poke attempt and netted the shot right through the legs of Brooks Orpik.


Back-to-back games

With Tuesday’s loss, Washington is now 0-4-0 on the back end of back-to-back games. With nine more back-to-backs remaining the Caps need to figure out how to get some wins in those situations.