WASHINGTON -- The Nashville Predators handed the Capitals two goals on Wednesday, and Washington handed one back in the third period in a sloppy, giveaway-filled 5-4 loss for the Caps. Alex Ovechkin scored his 693rd goal off a bad giveaway and Nashville scored an own-goal, but Braden Holtby returned the favor in the game-tying goal.
Here is how the Caps lost.
A quick response
Richard Panik put the Caps on the board midway through the first, but it didn't take long for Nashville to respond. Jarred Tinordi scored his first NHL goal just 47 seconds after Panik's opening tally to erase whatever momentum Washington had hoped to build on.
Braden Holtby looked like he may have been dealing with a little bit of a screen from Garnet Hathaway and could not squeeze the arm to his body fast enough to keep the puck from sneaking through. It's one Holtby needed to have.
Granlund on the back door
With the Predators on the power play, they moved the puck along the left side of the offensive zone. Granlund was set up at the top of the circle on the right, but cheated his way up to the back door of the net and was wide open when Filip Forsberg was able to send the puck through the PK. Granlund roofed the puck over the outstretched Holtby.
Another misplayed 3-on-2
On Monday, Jeff Petry scored off a misplayed 3-on-2 defense. The two defenders got too close together in the middle and Petry skated around them on the wing and was behind them for the pass and goal. The exact same thing happened on Wednesday against Nashville.
Roman Josi carried the puck up the middle on a 3-on-2 opportunity. Both Michal Kempny and John Carlson bunched to the middle and Rocco Grimaldi skated down the wing and cut in behind the defense. Josi found him with the pass and he was in alone on net for the goal.
A giveaway by Holtby
Nashville handed the Caps two goals as Juuse Saros tipped the puck right to Alex Ovechkin while trying to retrieve the puck behind the net for the easy goal. Nick Bonino later passed the puck right off of Saros and into his own net. Holtby returned the favor in the third period.
With the Caps on the power play, Holtby tried to get the puck back up ice quickly to catch the penalty kill off guard, Instead, his pass went right to Ryan Johansen who beat Holtby blocker-side with the wrister. That goal tied the game at 4.
Granlund on the doorstep
The game-winner came off the stick of Yannick Weber, but it was Granlund who made it possible with his physical play in front of the net. He planted himself in front of Holtby and was locked in a battle for space with Kempny. Weber fired a shot that deflected off the Caps' defenseman and past Holtby for the game-winning goal.
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