The Caps were put right back into the loss column by allowing an Ottawa comeback. (Yahoo)
The Washington Capitals suffered a bad loss on Tuesday night, falling to the Ottawa Senators by a 3-2 score at Scotiabank. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period off goals from Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks, the Capitals allowed three unanswered goals on away ice to fall back into the loss column following their first win if the year on Sunday. The Capitals now have only three standings points and sit second to last in the Eastern Conference with three big games – against the Maple Leafs, Flyers, and Penguins – coming up in the next week. It’s already gut check time because of the short schedule.
Forced to contend with an early penalty kill after only 90 seconds, the Capitals’ lowly shorthanded unit faced a test right out of the gates and stood tall with some help from Michal Neuvirth, who was making his fourth consecutive start. Soon after, Washington had a power play taken away when Zack Smith and Nicklas Backstrom were called for minor penalties on the same play. Following the expiration of the penalties, the Caps began to amp up the pressure on the Sens, forcing Craig Anderson to makes some big saves. At 13:15 of the first period, however, Troy Brouwer gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead when he cashed in on a neutral zone turnover and a pass from Wojtek Wolski. The Caps were unable to score on a power play right after their goal, but doubled their advantage in short order with a Jay Beagle tally on the short side. A late period of four on four yielded nothing, and the frame closed with DC ahead by a deuce.