Capitals fall short to Predators

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals fell on Friday night to the Nashville Predators by a final of 3-2.

Thomas Novak opened the game up with a goal at 4:10. Sonny Milano tied it with a rebound for his seventh of the season at 9:52. It was assisted by Conor Sheary and Dmitry Orlov.

Yakov Trenin scored at 15:09 to give the Predators the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. The Caps outshot the Predators 14-9.

At 11:07 in the second period Nicolas Aube Kubel scored his second goal in as many games. It was assisted by Erik Gustafsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

2-2 was the score after two with the Predators leading in shots 8-7 in the second period.

The Predators took the lead at 16:44 from Ryan McDonagh. The Caps outshot the Predators 11-4 in the third period and 32-21 overall but could not get the equalizer.

Alex Ovechkin’s goal streak ended at four games. But it was fun while it lasted. Now the captain looks to get a new streak going after getting voted into the NHL All Star Game.

It was the Caps first regulation loss since Dec. 15. It also snapped a nine game point streak.

Defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk said this after the game:

"“Both teams were competing hard,and there wasn’t a lot of room out there to make plays. You just have to accept that and get pucks in deep. I thought we played pretty good, just didn’t find a way to see it through.”"

For the first time all season, Aliaksei Protas was a healthy scratch. Instead of seeing him on the ice he was spotted in a suit on his way to the press box.

There is a possibility Protas could be sent down to Hershey with the potential return of Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson on the horizon. Protas won’t need to clear waivers.

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