Reporting Brendan Darr
After winning seven in a row to start the season, the Caps have now dropped back-to-back games. The Caps got out of the gate slow, giving up another early goal and would play catch up all game. The Canucks used a strong third period to close out the game en route to a 7-4 win.
After struggling to get goals against Edmonton, the Caps had no problems tonight, they just couldn’t stop the high-powered Vancouver attack. Giving up so many penalties was a killer for the Caps. Especially the Jeff Halpern goal with 9 seconds to go in the 1st period. The ensuing power play lasted just 6 seconds as the Canucks scored off the face-off thanks to a shot from Alexander Edler from the point. Tomas Vokoun was pulled after the first period in favor of Michael Neuvirth.
The Capitals had a strong second period as they were able to tie the game up at 3, before surrendering another and having to tie it up again. Ovechkin got the goal scoring started in the second off the power play. Mike Knuble tied the game up with the Caps third goal. Edler got his second goal of the game – and season – to make it 4-3. Marcus Johansson added his fifth of the season to tie it up at four.
The third period saw the Caps utterly collapse. The game was within reach heading into the third, but the Caps gave up three to let the game slip away. The Caps now have a big game against Anaheim at home to get back on track.