September 21, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 69 Recap: Stars take advantage of power play

The Dallas Stars scored three power play goals and the Washington Capitals’ recent malaise continued as the Caps fell at home 4-2.

The Stars concluded their five-game road trip with a fairly dominating performance over the homestanding Capitals, who have lost two in a row at home and 3 of 4 overall.

Shawn Horcoff, Colton Sceviour, Tyler Seguin and Fiddler scored for Dallas (32-27-10), which beat the Caps for the eighth straight time. Keri Lehtonen made 18 saves.

Curtis Glencross and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington.

The Caps (36-23-10). had a players-only, closed-door meeting following the game before media were allowed to enter for the postgame.

“It has to happen within the room,” coach Barry Trotz said. “The group has to solve it. They have to solve it, and I’m part of it. We all have to solve it, but it really comes from the guys in the room. Let’s get going here. I need some urgency in our room…Dallas is playing playoff hockey, there’s no question about it. We need to play playoff hockey and we’re not, not to the level that we need to.”

Troy Brouwer echoed his coach’s sentiment about urgency.

 “I can use clichés as much as you want. We’ve got to be more of a desperate hockey team. Be a team that has a desire to win every night. We have to make sure that we are coming to the rink. It’s tough to explain unless you are in the room, without spilling what we said in the room to you guys. So I’ll just leave it at we all know we need to be better.”

The first place the Caps can stand to be better in avoiding penalties. The Caps gave up five power play chances Friday to a team playing its fifth-straight road game. Notable was Tom Wilson’s goalie interference penalty in the second period, his unsportsmanlike call tacked on to a roughing minor in the third, and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s hooking call with 10:33 to go.

CAPS NOTES:

  • Alex Ovechkin earned an assist, tying Nicklas Backstrom and Michal Pivonka (418) for first place on the Capitals franchise assist list. Ovechkin has earned 21 points in his last 15 games (13g, 8a).
  • Curtis Glencross has scored a goal in three of his last four games and has tallied five points in his five games with Washington (3g, 2a).
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov earned two points (1g, 1a) tonight, marking his fourth multi-point game of the season.
  • Eric Fehr won 10 of 14 faceoffs (71.4%).
  • The Capitals won 35 of 63 faceoffs (55.6%).
  • Washington outhit Dallas 36-11.
About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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