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Capitals drop 8th straight to Nashville in sloppy, back-and-forth loss

Capitals drop 8th straight to Nashville in sloppy, back-and-forth loss

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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Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Like the rest of us, Capitals' winger Garnet Hathaway is just trying to stay sane and helping out where he can.

His charity, Hath's Heroes, which provides meals to first responders, is especially important in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Hath's Heroes started working with Capitals' Chef Robert "Robbie" Wood to provide even more meals to first responders, which Wood is matching, plus an additional meal to a high-risk individual in need.

“Chef Robbie has been serving the Caps for a long time and makes unbelievable food, I can attest to it, and they also have a great initiative with Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen," Hathaway said on the Capitals Talk Podcast.

While many are fortunate to be able to work from home or be with family during the pandemic, first responders are out on the front lines.

“It’s the social responsibility of staying safe, keeping your distance and trying to stay healthy and protecting those around you," Hathaway said. "So I feel that’s where we can all feel great about helping somebody, by taking responsibility for your actions and helping out if you can."

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Doing one's part is important to flatten the curve and Hathaway says donations of any amount are appreciated.

“For donations, if you can, if you have the opportunity to and you’re capable of, any amount really does make a difference.”

When he's not working with Hath's Heroes, Hathaway has been spending time with his fianceé and dog and trying to learn the Harmonica he got for Christmas. "Silent Night" was the first song he learned to play.

“Months away from the Christmas season, but I think I’ll be ready by then," Hathaway said.

Aside from downtime, Hathaway has taken solace in finding structure in his day.

“I think the biggest thing is trying to find a structure that works, that I can stay physically healthy and mentally healthy." 

“For everyone that’s feeling cooped up in their house, they gotta stay active and they gotta get some fresh air and they gotta stay healthy," Hathaway said.

While everyone has been binge-watching Netflix's hit documentary "Tiger King," Hathaway says he hasn't had the opportunity to watch yet.

“I might be the only person in America not watching Tiger King, but that’s not to say that I won’t get there at some point."

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Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

In a fun Twitter thread Wednesday, the Nashville Predators said which NHL teams notable Bachelor and Bachelorette alum align with.

The Caps lucked out and got the dependable Dylan Barbour who is "solid" and "committed," a testament that Barbour himself agreed with.

"It's the Caps' year," Barbour told NBC Sports Washington in a private message on Twitter. "They're dependable. Committed is great."

Although Barbour doesn't consider himself a hockey fan, he said he would most identify with "whoever the nice handsome one is."

Though Barbour doesn't seem to be a big enough Caps fan to know that most fans would give that award to Tom Wilson, he was nice enough to say he thinks it's the Caps' year.

And we've successfully created a new Tom Wilson stan!

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