Consider it two points thrown away by the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
The Capitals scored three times in the opening period, forging a two-goal lead over the Ottawa Senators, but ended up losing 6-4 on home ice.
Zack Smith gave the Senators their second lead of the night – both came in the third period – on a goal Capitals puck stopper Braden Holtby would like to have back.
Smith broke into the Washington zone down the left side and managed to get his quick wrist shot through Holtby, who allowed five goals on 40 shots.
The Smith winner also came just 2:23 remaining in regulation time and one minute and four seconds after the Capitals tied the game at four goals apiece on a power play blast from John Carlson.
Just so happened that on Washington’s third-period tying goal, Smith was in the penalty box for kneeing Carlson. Funny world.
The Capitals, given the result, won’t think it’s so funny. Their night came unraveled after the opening period. Ottawa got five goals in the final 40 minutes.
For the Senators, it was just their second win in the last six games. They host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Capitals have now lost four straight, including a shootout defeat to Toronto last Saturday.
Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.
The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.
(Check out video of the hit above.)
The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.
Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?
Washington currently leads the game 3-2.
There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.
Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.
The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.
It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.
The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.
Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?
(If you’re into that kind of thing.)
Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:
Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.
That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.
It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.
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