Washington meltdowns return: Panthers beat Caps 5-4

The Washington Capitals looked very strong against the Florida Panthers for two periods. Unfortunately, there is now a third period in hockey, and the Caps peed everywhere.

Connor McMichael started his good night with a goal behind the net, then eleven seconds later Beck Malenstyn scored his first NHL goal. Gerontocrat Joe Thornton put Florida on the scoreboard deflecting a shot from Aaron Ekblad, and it was a period.

The Caps added two more in the second period; first from Lars Eller on a strong push towards the net, then from Nick Jensen with a clean pass from Nic Dowd to the lunge.

The Panthers made a strong comeback in the third, starting with a goal from Ryan Lomberg and then a brutal shorthanded goal from Eetu Luostarinen. With 15 seconds remaining, Sam Reinhart beat Samsonov on the short side.

The caps lose.

  • at Lars Eller COVID’s second comeback game was much better. His line with McMichael opened the scoring and then Eller delivered a very impressive strike towards the net that I’m not sure a poorly healthy Eller could have executed.
  • Beck malenstyn became the seventh Caps prospect to score his first NHL goal this season. Excellent setup from Brett Leason.
  • The Caps appear to have a surprising crop of young players, all producing at a critical time while the Elders are away.
  • Any mistakes that big-goal scoring noobies may have made by not covering the lunge or hitting Bobrovsky in the crease will not be graciously mentioned at this time.
  • The Caps were a disaster in the third period, as their power play allowed their third shorthanded goal of the season and the Panthers absolutely dominated the puck, erasing a three-goal lead in 12 minutes.
  • A picture:
  • Ilya Samsonov looked grumpy about the defensive breakdown leading up to Thornton’s goal. I didn’t see his reaction to the shorty, but anyway, it was justified. The Caps have given him an easy job this season, but a handful of bad plays can quickly change the complexion of a goaltender’s workload. Not a great game from the de facto starting goalkeeper.
  • Can’t wait to see Chris’ point of view tomorrow morning.

Well, that was a Washington Collapsitals classic.

Home game against Chicago on Thursday, so no reason to rush the elders yet.

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