WINNIPEG, Manitoba | By the end of the night, Michal Neuvirth’s stat line wasn’t pretty: four goals on 24 shots and another loss.
But this 4-1 Capitals loss to the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t be pinned on the goaltender.
“Our play in the first period is totally unacceptable,” forward Brooks Laich said. “We were hanging Michal Neuvirth out to dry. For seven or eight minutes I think they have three or four two-on-ones and [Evander] Kane has a partial breakaway that hits a post. That’s unacceptable and something we have to address.”
The Caps played a rough first period after a strong opening five minutes, and their second period was filled with turnovers, missed opportunities and ill-timed, ill-advised penalties. Neuvirth was unable to do much to stop the bleeding.
“I think he was left out to dry,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I didn’t think the second goal was a good one. The [second] one I think went off his mask. The fourth one, no one’s taking anybody in front. The third one, it’s a breakaway – what are you going to do?”
Not much. And Neuvirth dropped to 2-3-1 on the season with a 3.29 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.