The Washington Capitals lost their sixth straight game Tuesday night, a 2-0 shutout by the Ottawa Senators, despite outshooting them 34-26.
Since January 1, the Capitals have won two games, both regulation wins. They have lost eight games in that span, three of those games went to overtime or the shootout, and five were regulation losses. A record of 2-5-3 at this point in the season doesn’t bode well for any playoff hopes the Capitals may still have, and Metro Division opponents are gaining ground- and fast.
This team seems one-dimensional at times. While they are capable of finding secondary scoring, much of the time it relies on Alex Ovechkin and the power play. Now that the power play prowess has worn off a bit, the Capitals find themselves incapable of scoring multiple goals on any given night.
Adam Oates said the Capitals missed Ovechkin versus the Senators more than he anticipated Tuesday night. The Capitals went 0 for 4 on the power play.
“You have to try and get [goals]. We played pretty hard…we had twenty one chances five-on-five. Their goalie played well, but we had a lot of guys with some really good looks, good chances.,” said Oates. “We have to score some goals. I would say the chances were good chances tonight, and we had a lot of them. It is a matter of finishing.”
Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer were critical of the team’s play, as they are on most nights following a loss.
Laich : “I don’t think we’re playing heavy enough hockey. I think we are too much on the outside. I don’t think we are consistently enough going from the outside and fighting through a check or leaning on a guy and trying to get to an area around the net where we can get chances. Some guys are trying, but when you are not scoring, we need to be better at doing that. Maybe they hook you, maybe they trip you, maybe they panic for a second and grab you.”
“We’re not scoring goals. We’re working hard. Our effort was there tonight and we are doing the right things, getting pucks deep, getting shots to the net,” said Brouwer. “Anderson made some good saves when he needed to, but we’ve got to score goals.”