Comeback effort dies out as winning streak ends: Stars beat Capitals 3-2

It was Braden Holtby’s homecoming night in DC as the Stars made their only visit of the season to Capital One Arena. The Caps are hot and the Stars played yesterday.

Alexander Radulov put the Stars on the board first with a deflection that snuck over the line. Roope Hintz doubled the lead with a breakaway backhand on an undeserved power play. Alex Ovechkin cut that lead in half with a power play shot.

Hintz restored it with another power play goal. Dmitry Orlov won his tenth of the season to make things interesting in the third.

The Stars beat the Capitals 3-2.

  • Fairly brutal first period for the Caps. The Stars had way too many grade-A chances and the Caps just couldn’t create much, even with three power-play chances. Dallas had 15 five-on-five chances in the first alone. Yeah.
  • At the start of the first period, Alex Ovechkin became the second player in NHL history to record 6,000 shots on goal. He did it with a one-timer on the power play that goaltender Jake Oettinger has on his chest. The only player he has left to chase in this race is Ray Bourque and his 6,209 shots.
  • The Caps and all the fans at the game welcomed the beloved keeper Braden Holtby. Holts is injured at the moment but is still traveling with the Stars, so he was able to be present for the tribute. I love you Braden.
  • The second half wasn’t much better. It just wasn’t a good five-on-five game for the Caps. Twelve other scoring opportunities for the Stars in this context. The Caps only had thirteen in total in forty minutes.
  • During the first intermission, Alan May talked about how Peter Laviolette changed all the lines before and how he thought it was a bit confusing. I didn’t understand either. The only trade that needed to be made was Lars Eller for Nic Dowd. Why go back to some lines that weren’t working and move away from the ones that were during the winning streak? Weird.
  • Ovi notched the 770th career goal and his twelfth 40-goal season that tied Wayne Gretzky for most of all time. He probably matched or surpassed 19 other guys in four other different statistical categories.
  • All the exchanges have the impression of having already taken place. Are there any more names you’d like the Caps to jump on before tomorrow’s deadline? Give me an impact with a term on his contract. It would be spicy.
  • The Caps dominated the entire third period and it’s like…why only this one, boys? Encouraging comeback attempt but it would have been nice to start the match like that.
  • Some absolutely brutal officiating in this game that only hurt the Caps. A phantom first call on Fehervary in which the Stars hit on the ensuing power play. Then that fake goalie interference call on Garnet Hathaway that probably should have been a goal for the Caps considering the Stars’ own defenseman made almost all of the contact with his own goaltender. Multi-goal swing.
  • I wrote this bullet before Jamie Benn decided to almost kill John Carlson and got away with it. One of the worst games umpired this season and nearly every call has hurt the Caps.
  • Vitek Vanecek is excellent and the Caps don’t need to waste assets on a goaltender. Marc-André Fleury is not good. It is actually very bad.

The Capitals host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday for their next game. The Blues beat the Caps 5-1 earlier this season.

Screenshot via Bally Sports Southwest

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