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:
your 2021 hershington bears pic.twitter.com/xKgK0vKVUU
– hate baseball (@vitekvanecek) December 1, 2021
- 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.
– good tweet pete taco emoji (@peterhassett) December 1, 2021
Well, that was a Washington Collapsitals classic.
Home game against Chicago on Thursday, so no reason to rush the elders yet.