The Capitals were one second away from snapping a five-game losing streak, but instead saw that streak extended to six games as Evander Kane scored with one second left to force overtime and Tomas Hertl scored the winner in a 7-6 overtime thriller.
Here are five reasons the Caps lost.
1. Evander Kane’s miracle buzzer-beater
The Caps clung to a 6-5 lead late in the third when Kane found the puck on his stick in front of the net and shot it in with just one second remaining on the clock.
Just one second away from claiming two points and ending a miserable five-game losing streak, Kane’s goal forced overtime and helped extend Washington’s streak to six.
2. Hertl’s hatty
Ovechkin netted a hat trick for the home team, but Hertl matched him with three goals of his own to win the game.
Hertl scored two power-play goals, including one in the third to pull the Sharks within one. He also scored the overtime winner to crush the Caps’ hopes of snapping their losing streak.
3. 12 seconds
For a team that has lost five straight and looking for some confidence, you could not have drawn up a worse start to this game. A won faceoff for the Sharks went straight to Brent Burns at the blue line. He threw the puck towards the net and it bounced off John Carlson right to the stick of Joe Pavelski who backhanded it in.
Braden Holtby had committed to the original shot and there was no way for him to recover leaving an empty net for Pavelski to shoot on.
It took just 12 seconds for the Sharks to get on the boards.
4. Too many penalties
You can’t give up six power plays in a game and live to talk about it.
San Jose tied the game at 2 in the second period thanks to a power-play goal from Hertl who unleashed a one-timer from the slot to beat Holtby. In the third period, Washington took two different minor penalties and the Sharks cashed in on the second. The goal came from Hertl who unleashed a one-timer from the slot to beat Holtby.
The two power-play goals looked almost identical. The second made the score 6-5, pulled San Jose within one of Washington and sparked the comeback.
5. The first minute of overtime
For nearly the first minute of overtime, the Caps looked as dominant as a team can look. They would not allow the puck to get out of the Sharks’ zone and got a number of opportunities to finish the game including a 3-on-1 with Tom Wilson’s shot just deflecting wide.
If the losing streak has taught Washington anything, it’s that they must take advantage of their opportunities. They didn’t finish the Sharks at the start of overtime and Hertl ended up with the game-winner.
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