August 10, 2022

Washington Capitals Game 10 Recap: Caps unable to stave off Bolts’ forecheck, lose 4-3

After a start to the season that put many hockey observers on notice, the Washington Capitals have now lost three straight games after falling 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road on Saturday night.

With Jason Chimera staying in the lineup after suffering a broken nose Wednesday against Detroit (see picture), the Caps gave up the game’s first goal after a Brian Boyle feed in front was deflected past Braden Holtby by Ryan Callahan. Marcus Johansson’s fourth goal of the season tied it at 12:59 when the Swede cleaned up an Alex Ovechkin rebound. The goal ended Ovechkin’s five-game point drought, the longest such dry spell of the Captain’s career.

Chimera’s raccoon eyes, courtesy Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) on Twitter

Eric Fehr’s timely first goal of the season gave Washington their first and only lead with 17:49 to go in the second when he beat Ben Bishop from a short angle. Fehr was scratched against the Red Wings and proved his worth on the Caps’ active roster with the effort. Two goals less than three minutes apart gave the Lightning the lead back around midway through the third, but Troy Brouwer converted a pass from Johansson on the one-timer to draw his team back level again with under a minute to play in the second.

Jason Garrison scored what turned out to be the game-winner 2:27 into the final frame when he beat a heavily screened Braden Holtby to make it 4-3.

“Sometimes that’s hockey. You got to go through these things, but you don’t want to see it happen this early in the year,” said Nicklas Backstrom on the losing skid. With the loss, Washington drops to 4-4-2 and now sits in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. They will get back on the plane and head back to the nation’s capital tonight to recuperate and get ready for Sunday’s 7 p.m. tilt against Arizona at Verizon Center.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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