This time it was a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche with four of those goals scored by their Cup hero from a few years ago Nathan MacKinnon. Those four goals bumped him to 30. Both Washington Capitals goals came from team leading scorer Dylan Strome who now has 18 on the year.
Cale Makar struck at 19:23 shorthanded while the Caps were on the power play. The Caps went 0 for 5 on the man advantage on the night while the Avs went 2 for 4. Both PPGs were scored by MacKinnon at 2:39 and 7:00 in the second period to complete the hat trick.
Strome struck at 7:26 with his first goal being helped out by Max Pacioretty and Alex Ovechkin. Mikko Rantanen made it 5-1 Avs at 10:20. MacKinnon got goal number four at 16:14. Strome added his second goal of the game at 17:37. Tom Wilson and Ethan Bear assisted.
The Caps put up 10 shots in the first period while the Avs had nine. The Avs led in shots 12-9 in the second. They also led 10-6 in the third and 31-25 overall. Charlie Lindgren made 25 saves in the loss and has now dropped three of his last five games.
What's even more disturbing about this Caps loss is while it looked like the Avalanche dominated it was pretty much all MacKinnon. The Caps as a team, per Natural Stat Trick, had a Corsi For percentage of 52.87 percent at five on five compared to the Avs 47.13 percent. So they're getting the chances but the biscuit isn't going through the basket.
This Saturday afternoon game at 2 p.m. against the Dallas Stars is a big one. Sorry I keep mixing up the time zones. But the Caps need this upcoming one. And if they lose and you're new to this, you'll find out why very soon.