Caps give Dallas their first win of the season in mistake-filled game


WASHINGTON -- For the second time in as many games, the Capitals fell in overtime. It took Tyler Seguin just 43 seconds to finish the game off in overtime as the Dallas Stars handed the Caps the 4-3 defeat, their first win of the season. The Caps once again could not produce on the power play and a dominant start evaporated into the team's second consecutive loss.

Here are five reasons Washington lost to the Stars.

Bishop's first period

Washington completely dominated the first period of play. The Caps led Dallas 14-5 on shots on goal and 29-11 in total shot attempts. So what was the problem? Despite having complete control of the game through the first 20 minutes, the score was only 1-0.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had a strong start and kept the Stars in it after a period in which they should have been buried. Instead, they entered the second period still in a tight game and with a chance to fight their way back in.

Hintz's goal

And fight their way back they did.

Just as Lars Eller entered the offensive zone, he tried a long cross-ice pass that was easily picked off by Jamie Oleksiak. A quick pass off a turnover can catch a team off guard and Oleksiak tried just that with the quick pass up to Roope Hintz. There was nothing complicated about the goal. He just fired a laser that beat Braden Holtby glove side.

Suddenly, a game the Caps had dominated was tied at 1.


A failed clear

Dallas came out swinging in the third period and it did not take long for them to strike. Esa Lindell flung the puck from the blue line towards the Caps' cage. Nick Jensen was there to block the puck initially, but it bounced dangerously in a high-danger area. Alexander Radulov got his stick to the puck before Jensen could and he knocked it past Jensen and through the 5-hole of Holtby to tie the game at 2.

A missed poke

Midway through the third period, all of Washington's momentum was gone. Suddenly the Stars were in control and less than five minutes after Radulov's goal, Dallas took its first lead of the game.

Nick Caamano scored his first NHL goal to put the Stars ahead thanks to a missed poke check by John Carlson. The Stars entered the zone on a quick break. Andrew Cogliano handed the soft pass to Caamano and Carlson went for the poke to break up the pass. Carlson missed timed it, however, and it left him in a bad position.

Carlson lunged slightly forward with the stick trying to poke the puck away, but he missed allowing Caamano to easily skate it around him. Suddenly, he was in alone on Holtby. He went forehand to backhand and tucked it through Holtby's 5-hole.

Seguin's overtime winner

Despite a bad third period, Nicklas Backstrom was able to tie it for the Caps and force overtime. The overtime wouldn't last long, however, as Seguin won it on a 2-on-1.

If you were to rank the players you would not want to see on a 2-on-1, Radulov and Seguin would be close to the top of that list. After an Ovechkin turnover, was Carlson back on defense facing the 2-on-1. He played it well and cheated it over to Radulov to try to cut him off and block the passing lane. Carlson went down, but Radulov was just able to get around him and pass it over to Seguin who put it home.