In a lot of ways, the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets was familiar. Just like a Nov. 15 defeat at the Nashville Predators, the Caps carried the play.
They outshot the Jets 32-26 in three periods and got a key goal (this time two) in the third period.
“We thought we played a pretty decent game all the way until we got in penalty trouble at the end,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “We outshot a team, were 2-for-3 on the power play. We didn’t give up too many good chances against, so those are good things that we could take away.”
But then it all fell apart. In Nashville it was a quick goal right after Brouwer scored that took a game’s worth of hard work and sharp goaltending and made it about collapses. Brouwer actually used the world “implosions” shortly after that Predators loss.
This time, it was another word, as the Caps allowed two in 12 seconds.
“It is tough. It’s kind of just a collapse,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “We seemed to be in the driver’s seat and took our foot off the gas too early and way too much.”
Washington wound up with a point out of this one, but surrendering two to the chasing Jets was not what the Caps wanted.
“We lost a point and we had a chance to get the final point in a shootout and unfortunately we didn’t,” coach Dale Hunter said.