The Capitals had their opportunities, but failed to score on five power plays and gave up a shorthanded game-winning goal in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana gave Washington a 2-1 lead in the first, but that would be all the offense the team could muster on the night.
Here is how the Caps lost.
A horrible turnover for Jensen
Nick Jensen will want to forget about the start of this one. Trying to skate the puck out of the defensive zone, Sean Couturier approached Jensen on the forecheck and Jensen just lost control of the puck. Couturier passed to Travis Konecny who was alone on net and he hit the corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead.
An Oshie screen
Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana gave Washington the 2-1 lead, but Robert Hagg tied the game late in the first.
Hagg took a long-distance slap shot that managed to beat Holtby. Dealing with a screen from T.J. Oshie who was trying to block the shot, Holtby leaned left to get a better view. The shot, however, game to his right and appeared to graze Oshie's leg going over Holtby's right shoulder.
A bad decision by Kuznetsov
Late in the second with the score still tied, the Caps had a chance to take the lead as Sean Couturier was called for slashing Nick Jensen. Instead of taking the lead, however, Washington gave it up with a shorthanded breakaway goal for Kevin Hayes.
The play was set up by a poor decision from Evgeny Kuznetsov. He skated the puck into the offensive zone, wheeled around to the wall and decided to pass the puck back to John Carlson. The problem was that Carlson was not yet in the offensive zone and was covered. He had to hustle to get to the puck before it left the zone, but Scott Laughton was on top of him and he had nowhere to go with the puck. He tried to send it back to Kuznetsov along the boards, but it was picked off by Hayes who took it in for the breakaway goal.
It was a turnover by Carlson, but he was completely handcuffed by the pass.
The power play
Washington had a chance to take the game over in the second period with three power play opportunities, but they failed to score on any of them and gave up the shorthanded go-ahead goal to Hayes.
Philadelphia took an additional two penalties in the third period with the Caps trailing by one, including a Philippe Myers trip with less than six minutes remaining in the game and still Washington could not take advantage.
The power play looks completely disjointed and, unlike last year, you can't blame it solely on the drop pass. The issue is not getting into the offensive zone, it is the setup. They are making poor reads, reacting slowly and really struggled to threaten Carter Hart.
This was a sloppy game. Jensen had perhaps the most egregious turnover, but his was far from the only one. This was a sloppy game. There were turnovers galore and poor passes.
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