Good evening and welcome to The Washington Times‘ liveblog of the Capitals’ game against the Los Angeles Kings. The game is airing on Comcast SportsNet and on AM-1500, so I won’t be as much giving play-by-play as I will be trying to add to the viewing/listening experience.
Caps 1, Kings 0 - Gorgeous pass from Brooks Laich to Alexander Semin to give Washington a lead 15 seconds into the game. Laich stole the puck behind the net, dished it across the crease to Semin. Goalie Jonathan Quick had no chance, as Semin beat him to the stick side.
17:13 left in first - Caps go on the power play after Ratis Ivanans is whistled for hooking.
16:45 left in first - Mike Green gets called for slashing, so say goodbye to the man advantage.
11:31 left in first - The Caps are down two men after a puck over the glass penalty.
11:05 left in first - Caps 1, Kings 1 - Anze Kopitar scores on the five-on-three to tie the game. Kopitar’s snap shot from inside the left circle means the Kings are 7-for-19 over the past four games on the power play. Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown get the assists on Kopitar’s 13th of the season.
7:36 left in first - Two trends developing (negatively for the Caps) are breakaways and rebounds. The Washington defensemen have been caught pinching up in the zone, allowing the Kings to get odd-man rushes and breakaways. Also, Jose Thedore has been giving up some juicy rebounds. Fortunately for the Caps, the Kings have not capitalized on them yet.
2:48 left in first - The Caps are going on the power play after a goalie interference call on Stoll.
End of first - Even on the power play, the Caps suffered defensive breakdowns. Alexander Frolov stole the puck a couple times in the Washington end, getting point-blank shots on Theodore. The time he picked the puck right off Alex Ovechkin’s stick enduced some oohs from the crowd. They would’ve turned to angry aahhs if Frolov had been able to beat Theodore.
Still, Caps fans booed and some screamed, “Come on” as the Caps couldn’t even get the puck into the attacking zone on the power play.
The Kings outshot the Caps 12-9 in the first period.
16:00 left in second. Sorry for the technical difficulties.
This game has changed really fast. First, an excellent pass along the boards by Alexander Frolov sprung Anze Kopitar into open ice in front of Jose Theodore. Shaone Morrisonn was beaten badly on the play, and Theodore had no chance. Kings 2, Caps 1.
Los Angeles was whistled for a penalty, but the Kings weren’t done scoring. Frolov made another nifty play to get some skating room, and his shot caught Theodore off-guard. Michael Handzus was there to put the rebound into the net. Kings 3, Caps 1.
Still on the power play, Mike Green cut the Caps’ deficit to one on a wrist shot over the shoulder of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. Kings 3, Caps 2.
There’s 13:05 left in the second.
12:34 left in second. Kings 4, Caps 2. I remember typing something about breakaways being an issue. Patrick O’Sullivan scores on a breakaway, beating John Erskine to an open patch of ice and getting the puck past Theodore.
Whether it’s different D-pairings or another unkown factor, something appears wrong with the Caps’ defensive game right now.
It hasn’t be Theodore’s fault, but in case you’re wondering, Brent Johnson is scratched tonight. Michal Neuvirth is the backup.
9:57 left in second - Morrisonn, who has had a rough game, was just whistled for slashing. Kings are going on the power play.
9:01 left in second - Another dangerous five-on-three for Los Angeles after Backstrom gets the gate for holding.
7:26 left in second - Brooks Laich came up wincing and limping after blocking a hard shot from Kyle Quincey. The shot hit him on the right shin/ankle. He has gone to the Caps’ dressing room.
I’ll be sure to update you on Laich’s condition as I hear any news.
5:46 left in first - Matt Bradley gets into a fight with Matt Greene. Bradley wins it easily. Maybe that was something that will spark the Caps, who are down two.
4:51 left in first - Bradley’s fight has already appeared to make an impact. The Caps are buzzing around in the offensive zone. Two minors are called, time for some four-on-four.
End of second - Thanks to two calls on Jack Johnson and just one on David Steckel, the Caps will have 1:17 of power-play time in the third period.
The shot totals: 30 for the Kings, 23 for the Caps. Tensions started to heat up with that fight, so the third period should be a little chippy.
Start of third - The Caps are trailing 4-2, and both Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov are -2. Theodore has 26 saves on 30 shots.
9:36 left in third - The goalies are keeping this game at 4-2. Theodore has been valiant as he has been peppered with shots. Just a couple minutes ago, Quick made an impressive stop on Semin, who had a shot from just outside the crease.
And just as I type peppered for Theodore, the Caps fire on Quick every couple seconds. At 9:36, Quick stopped another point-blank attempt from Semin. This one was a rapid glove save.
New lines for the Caps this period: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin, Fleischmann-Nylander-Fehr, Laich-Fedorov-Bradley.
9:28 left in third - Kings 4, Caps 3. What a shock, Ovechkin scores. He picked off a Kings pass attempt and beat the defenseless Quick. Ovechkin leaped into the glass as this place erupted.
The goal was No. 200 in the NHL for Ovechkin.
7:37 left in third - Penalty on John Erskine for holding. It was probably a good penalty, as Erskine prevented a backhand shot from just outside the crease.
Kings 5, Caps 3. Dustin Brown does the hard work in front, and Kyle Calder gets the goal to give the Kings a 5-3 lead.
UPDATE: 1:06 left - Kings 5, Caps 4. With the net empty, Mike Green’s blast from the point appears to deflect off Brooks Laich and past Quick.
After an onslaugh in the final two minutes, the Caps couldn’t tie the score and the Kings come away with the win.