Washington’s just not the team you want to face on the road right now.
The Capitals shut out the Hurricanes 5-0 at the Verizon Center Tuesday. It was the 10th straight home win for DC, who now sit on top of the NHL with 80 points. I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but thought since we had been playing so well we might be able to hang.
We hung in there for about half of the first period before Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play one-timer that bounced off Eddie Lack’s glove and into the net. That seemed to stop any positive momentum. Tonight was Lack’s first start since Nov. 6 and it showed.
Here’s a quick rundown:
Cliff Notes: Brett Connolly scored on a wrister after a nice fake to make it 2-0.
Things settled down a little bit in the second. Lack and co. were able to keep Washington off the scoreboard. But we couldn’t take advantage of a couple of power play opportunities. NHL first star of the week Sebastian Aho had a really good look that went just wide of the net. Getting a goal back in the second would have been huge,
But it wasn’t to be. Things just fell apart in the third. The Capitals added three more and that was that.
Storm Category: Eh, I’ll give it a one. Carolina put some pressure on the Caps early and I thought played with some confidence. But we gave up a penalty and Ovi made us pay. That’s what good teams do.
Player of the Game: I don’t know … we didn’t score. I’m not picking one.
What’s Next?: As of right this moment, we’re still within four points of the Flyers for the final wild card spot. More good news, we don’t have to play Washington again.
We’re off to Big D on Saturday to play the lackluster Stars. Then we get six days off before hosting a horrendous Avalanche team. Need to rebound and pick up four points here
Eddie Lack Photo credit Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes.