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Adam Oates’ team erases two-goal deficit but comes away with no points.
So when the Caps fell behind two goals in the first eight minutes, it was not much of a surprise. But when they erased the deficit in the second, the flat start became nothing but a memory.
“When we had the momentum, I thought that there was no way we were going to lose the game,” defenseman John Carlson said.
They did. Even after overcoming some expected obstacles, one third-period mistake led to a 3-2 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. The Caps fell to seven points back of the Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg Jets and four points back of the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“It stings. Every game at this point stings,” defenseman Steve Oleksy said. “You’re playing playoff hockey, and that’s a big two points for us. That’s a team that’s close to us and that’s a game we need to try to pull away from some of these teams.”
With just over five minutes left in the third period and the score tied, Laich was nearing the end of a shift and sent the puck behind the net to Green, who turned it over when pressed by Islanders forward Matt Moulson. Seconds later, the puck was on John Tavares‘ stick and then in the net.
“Not a good interchange between Brooksie and Greenie,” Oates said. “A play that I’m sure those two guys would like back.”
“I didn’t want to turn one over in the middle in front of our net, so I sent it behind the net,” Laich said. “Bad angle, bad decision by myself. I put Mike in trouble, and it resulted in the winning goal.”
It was a play that could go right 95 times out of 100. When it went wrong Tuesday night after Green fumbled the puck in his skates trying to make a move instead of rimming it around, it proved costly.
“Everybody gonna do mistakes. It’s hockey,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “Somebody make mistakes, somebody have to cover. It was a bad turnover, but everybody can be in that kind of position.”
“Most of the goals will be details that cost you goals,” center Mike Ribeiro said. “We come back, misplayed puck and then next thing you know it’s behind the net. You cannot judge the game on that play. I think it’s a 60-minute game and there’s other plays in the game that we could’ve done better.”
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