Blowing three leads is usually not a good recipe for winning in the NHL. The Capitals did just that Wednesday night and were thankful to leave with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
“We score, you think you got the lead, you think you’re going to go for it, and then they tied it up,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We were playing very well defensively and boom, they score, and we kept going. I was pretty proud of them tonight.”
The Caps’ improved their worst-in-the-league success rate when scoring first but not until Andrew Ladd made it 1-1. Jason Chimera made it 2-1 … then Kyle Wellwood tied the score. And well after Nicklas Backstrom scored, Bryan Little scored the goal that eventually forced the game to overtime.
Little’s came shortly after what looked like a goal by Mike Knuble was waved off for Matt Hendricks making contact with Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
“And then they scored right away, so it was tough,” Chimera said. “We held our composure and started playing better again.”
Not being able to hold onto a lead wasn’t ideal but it’s … something.
“It’s something that we don’t want to think about, but I guess it’s a learning experience,” defenseman Jeff Schultz said. “It’s something we’re going to focus on – what we do with a one-goal lead. It’s our job to hold them off.”
But because Chimera managed to score his eighth goal of the season and second of the night to wrap up a victory in overtime, the feelings afterward were all positive.
“It was tough because every time we scored, they scored one back,” Boudreau said. “It takes a lot of, I don’t know if the word is intestinal fortitude or character or whatever, but [something] to keep coming back.”