The capitals of Washington had their chance with another seven minutes to go. All three goals were scored on the power play and with Washington a goal went down and was about to win a man advantage, the crowd cheered in recognition of the moment. But Alex Ovechkin's shot was missing, Matt Niskanen was saved and then T.J. Oshie & # 39; s has also gone wide. Another power game in Capitals at the last minute was just as bad.
One evening that special teams and goaltending were in the spotlight, the Capitals top game was upstaged by the Columbus Blue Jackets & # 39; in a 2-1 loss at Capital One Arena. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was the best player on the ice with 33 saves, and Washington's dreadful killing made two goals possible on three Columbus power points.
"At the moment it seems that we can not kill a penalty," said Niskanen. "In a tight game that hurts."
What was a draw in all facets of the game tipped in favor of Columbus when defender Dmitry Orlov was called up for the 4:04 toss in the third period tied to the game. Niskanen's stick broke, and a puck that was played from the end board landed on Anthony Duclair's pole next to the net. Because Niskanen could not bother him, Duclair scored from a tight angle and kept his goal for the rest of the game.
Columbus entered the game with the worst power game of the league and scored only 11.9 percent of the time. Washington has allowed four power-play goals in the past three games.
"It seems that we give almost every goal," Center Lars Eller said.
"We have chosen a more aggressive approach," said Niskanen. "We've disturbed a lot of ice, but I think we're doing a good job, we're not spending time in the zone, it's the broken pieces that are a very good chance and then just burying us. 50-puck is a fight in the corner, you're a man, so someone is open, but we just have to do it and make it more difficult If you can not get it all the way down to the ice, then maybe you should few more food and continue to fight and wait for help, but it looks like the broken pieces are now receiving us, not the sandwich. & # 39;
Coach Todd Reirden chose to make little changes to the structure of the team, but he reworked the Shorthanded game of the main players. Washington has introduced new staff there and has also had to play the first 15 games without Tom Wilson, who serves a 20-game suspension for an illegal check to the head and usually posts many minutes.
The penalty kill of the Capitals also lacked two regulars, with the team ending two defenders. Topblain liner John Carlson is considered a non-known lower body every day; he played more than 28 minutes in Washington's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, and Reirden said he is hopeful Carlson will play against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Carlson had taken a team-high 26 minutes average to start the season, and with five goals and 13 assists, he was tied with Alex Ovechkin for the second most points in the team.
Veteran Brooks Orpik missed his fifth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury to the lower body and he will still miss at least five after Washington has placed him on a long-term injured reservation. The team remembered Aaron Hess and Jonas Siegenthaler of the American Hockey League-partner on Friday-morning, and the latter made his NHL-debut against the Blue Jackets after an impressive training camp.
The injuries had Washington dressed in an inexperienced blue line. Christian Djoos, Madison Bowey and Siegenthaler all have less than 100 games with NHL experience, but because they do not allow any equality goal, a shining point in the loss they approved was themselves.
"I liked the first match of Siegenthaler, of course," said Reirden. "I thought he did some good things, and I thought big minutes for Djoos and Bowey [forward Jakub] Vrana was also effective as a young player tonight. That is what this time of year is all about when they come into situations where they can play and see where they are, so that we can measure their development. "
Washington compensated for his outraged defense by spending most of the first period in the end of Columbus. The capitals tested Bobrovsky with 15 shots in the first period, but an interference fine by Evgeny Kuznetsov on the quarter of 15:28 gave the frame the favor of the Blue Jackets. Oliver Bjorkstrand defeated the glove side of Braden Holtby in Washington to take a 1-0 lead to the first break, defeating how well the capitals had played all times.
It was not the last time that the penalty kill would burn them in the game.
"It is one of the areas where we have undergone major changes," Holtby said. "But tonight we were a little bit defeated on a few plays that we explored beforehand and knew a little bit, they are those things we know we can clean up a little bit."