(Editor’s note: Forgive us for the fact that the last three posts have been Atlanta-related. The last week of classes before Thanksgiving will do that to you. We are not a Thrashers blog, I swear. But if we were…)
The Capitals returned to Blueland Friday night hoping to fight off Atlanta’s thirst for blood (er, revenge) for last Sunday’s 6-4 loss at Verizon Center. That didn’t happen. What did, however, was Washington’s most lackadaisical game of the season, which led to the Caps’ first regulation defeat of November and the first game they didn’t earn a point since October 28. Oh, by the way, Atlanta defeated Washington 5-0. In the spirit of the approaching holiday season, let’s Caps Wrap this one nice and neat.
- The first period wasn’t that bad. Minus the entire 3-0 deficit thing, the Capitals didn’t play that poorly. They outshot Atlanta 12-7 and had quality scoring chances. But those three goals…
- Speaking of which, Braden Holtby got his first win in 10 minutes of action and now picked up his first regulation loss in 10 minutes of action. The first goal wasn’t his fault (I’m looking at you, Tyler Sloan), but the second and third were rookie mistakes. Holtby’s aggressiveness hurt him on the second goal and the third is inexplicable (not because it was so bad, but because I can’t actually explain it). Holtby will learn. No big deal.
- A haiku: Tyler Sloan tonight. Minus four, looked really bad. South Carolina.
- Michal Neuvirth planned on having the night off before tomorrow’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers, but didn’t catch a break. Neuvy made 29 saves and kept the Caps in the game as much as they could possibly be. Dustin Byfuglien’s goal was the definition of a wicked wrister, but I was surprised that Neuvirth was able to keep his gear on after Alex Burmistrov undressed him.
- Mike Knuble took a puck to the face in the second period (picture above) and Bruce Boudreau says that n00bs will be out for a while. Boudreau also said that no one that he put in Knuble’s place stuck out. Considering that the word of the week for Washington was “consistency,” now would be the time to have some.