Capitals get demolished by Senators

Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals got flat out spanked in their first road contest of the season. They were at the Ottawa Senators and it was over right as the puck was dropped. They did finally get a first period goal but the route was already well on as the Senators got a 6-1 win.

Vladimir Tarasenko got the scoring started at 4:28. Josh Norris got a power play goal at 12:29. John Carlson got the Caps on the board with a snapshot up front that stopped the bleeding. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had the assists there.

It was 2-1 after one with the Caps leading in shots 12-6. That was the closest the Caps would ever get.

The Caps were outshot 12-9 in the second period and 11-3 in the third period for a grand total of being outshot 29-24. For the second straight game and for the first time ever in his career, Ovechkin went two straight games without a shot on goal.

Norris got his second goal of the game at 1:47 in the second period. Artem Zub joined in at 4:47. Claude Giroux made it 5-1 at 15:47. Jake Sanderson capped off the scoring at 11:48 in the third period.

Spencer Carbery said this to the media:

"“We’re really struggling right now from a standpoint of we’ve got a lot of guys that are looking to find their game early in the season, and aren’t there yet…Usually, it’s a few but we’ve got more than you would call normal.”"

Carbery is right. In three games in only six players have recorded a point so far this season. Evgeny Kuznetsov added, “It feels like (each) mistake we make, it’s in the back of our net.”

Carbery noted something similar in his presser, saying, “Now when we make a mistake, it’s in the back of the net.”

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The Caps are back in action Saturday night at the Montreal Canadiens.