The Washington Capitals fought hard but in the end they came up short losing 3-2 in overtime. It was a bad break in front of the net and J.T. Miller took advantage.
But for a while it looked like the Caps would win two in a row after what many thought was their most complete game of the season. Nic Dowd put the Caps up 1-0 with Nicolas-Aube Kubel and Rasmus Sandin assisting. It was Dowd's eighth of the season. Take that as you will. And it came 1:08 into the game. Conor Garland made it 1-1 at 11:09. That would be the score after one.
Then Alex Ovechkin worked his magic to give the Caps the lead at 7:37 for his sixth straight game with a point and fifth straight game with a goal. Dylan Strome and T.J. Oshie provided the assists. It also put him 59 behind tying the great one and 60 from passing the great one. It adds up to 13 goals this season and 835 on his career.
The Canucks led in shots 10-7 in the first. The Caps outshot the Canucks 15-9 in the second and 8-7 in the third while overtime the shots were tied at 3. Yes we had to sit through another one. The ghost of a former Caps beat member lives on! But one costly turnoever in front of the goal after a Darcy Kuemper save led to the Miller goal. No names named needed. If you watched the game you know.
Yes that came with five seconds left in overtime so at that point they really wouldn't have minded a shootout much. Kuemper finished with 26 saves as the Caps outshot the Nucks 33-29.
Now the Caps have the Colorado Avalanche on deck tomorrow night. Game time is 7 p.m. And yes the team is off today so don't ask any of us what the lines are.