The Washington Capitals five game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd at Capital One Arena. 2-1 was the final.
Fans that bought tickets were hoping to see history as Alex Ovechkin needed two goals to pass Gordie Howe. They left disappointed as not only their Capitals lost but Ovechkin couldn’t score despite a couple solid good looks.
Now we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs to witness history.
The first period was scoreless as the Caps outshot the Stars 16-14.
At 9:23 in the second period Ovechkin set up Conor Sheary who was on the side of the net with a nice pass. It went off his skate to his stick and he put it in the net for his 10th goal of the season. Dylan Strome had the secondary assist.
1-0 Caps was the score after two as the Caps outshot the Stars 15-5.
In the third the Caps had a couple of really good chances. They outshot the Stars 15-7 in that final period and 46-26 overall but in the end it was the Stars who found the puck luck with two unanswered goals.
Jamie Benn tied it 48 seconds in with a power play goal. Colin Miller gave them the lead at 2:07.
"“We’re trying to win games here. Ovi’s going to do it, and we’re all going to be the first ones that congratulate him and be super, super proud of him. But we’re also in a little bit of a hole here. So we’ll take care of his business, and as a team we got to focus on getting more wins.”"
The Caps will look to bounce back on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs with puck drop at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and NHL Network.