Capitals lose a breaker to the Red Wings

An 8-3 defeat is no fun
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals / Gregory Shamus/GettyImages

It wasn't a heartbreaker but it was a breaker in general for the Washington Capitals as a loss to the Detroit Red Wings sank them just a tad bit further in the wild card standings. But now thanks to a Flyers win over the Lighting the Caps are six back of Philly in the division and 11 back of Detroit and six back of Tampa in the wild card. Yeah it's a rocky situation at hand.

The Caps went with their same lineup as their win the night before but with Charlie Lindgren in net. Let's get the goal parts out of the way.

Detroit struck twice in the first period with goals from Shayne Gostisbehere and Lucas Raymond. Caps got on the board in the second at 2:09 with a poke in from Hendrix Lapierre with his fifth goal of the season. Lappy was on hatty watch the night before with a two goal game. Alex Ovechkin and Anthony Mantha had the apples there.

That would be the closest the Capitals would get. Joe Veleno and Gostisbehere added two goals. Michael Sgarbossa struck for his second goal of the season with John Carlson providing the dime. J.T. Compher scored shorthanded to make it a 5-2 game.

In the third Robby Fabbri struck on the power play. Max Pacioretty answered with a PPG of his own 7:09 for his third of the season and a goal in his second straight game. Then it was all Red Wings like it was the 1998 Stanley Cup Final.

Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Larkin put them up for good measure. So yeah it was a bad night in Washington but a good night for the Motor City. Guess who's got next against the Caps? That's right, it's the Flyers on Friday night. If you have money for tickets and have a glass half full go! If your glass is half empty stay home.