NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Asked to go through what he saw on the eventual game-losing goal from Tuesday night, Dennis Wideman snickered at the question at first. Then he explained.
As John Erskine was in the corner trying to guard Nashville’s Colin Wilson, Wideman tried to shade over to help. Meanwhile, Martin Erat sliced untouched through the defense to the side of the crease.
Wideman said he and Erskine circled and the Capitals left Wilson wide open in the slot.
“I don’t know what the defense was doing there,” Erat wondered aloud after the Predators’ 3-1 win.
“He was wondering how he was open? He just went to the net and we all got kind of puck-watching, I guess,” Wideman said. “He made a good play. We had a couple breakdowns. It happens. You can’t have those. Players make good plays, and all of a sudden you look pretty bad.”
And all of a sudden the Caps left Nashville with no points.