The Caps were blanked on Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Did it play out as expected?

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Caps will trail at the end of the first period - Wrong

It was a bit of a sleepy start for the Caps who were initially outshot 10-5 through the first 13 minutes of the first period, but Washington turned things on later in the period, firing six shots on goal in the final seven minutes. Justin Williams came within one-tenth of a second of giving the Caps the 1-0 lead in the final second of the first period, but the goal was overturned and the game remained scoreless through the first frame.

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2. Jakub Vrana will register an assist, but not a goal - Wrong

Vrana was held off the scoresheet altogether, but played well in his NHL debut. He registered four shots on goal for the game, including the Caps’ first shot on goal with a spinning backhand low on Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

3. Caps will score more than two goals - Wrong

 

Halak has struggled all season long, but he put those struggles behind him on Thursday. He just seems to have Washington’s number as he once again came up big in a 38-save performance to shutout the Caps. Washington didn’t do themselves any favors with a sputtering power play that went 0-for-6 on the night, but it was clearly Halak’s best game of the season.

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