The Caps first trip to Winnipeg since December 10th, 1995 didn’t go well as they fall 4-1 to the Jets. Alexander Semin scored early in the first to give the Caps a 1-0 lead, but the Winnipeg Jets came back with four unanswered led by Evander Kane to put the Caps losing streak at a season high three games.
The Caps are 1-4-1 in the their last six including 0-2 on their three game road trip and 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The Jets Evander Kane continues to be a Caps killer with two goals on the night and now has seven goals and two assists in his past five games against the Capitals. Alexander Semin got his fourth goal of the season and his second goal since October 18th.
On the negative side, Semin got his 13th penalty of the season, this time for unsportsmanlike conduct for complaining, and has a penalty in a career high six straight games, including 12 of the Caps 17 games this season and 10 of their last 12 games.
The big turning point of the game came when Brooks Laich missed a 2 on 0 shorthanded breakaway that would’ve tied the game, but Laich missed high and the Jets took the puck and transitioned fast with Blake Wheeler ending up with the puck and he beat Neuvirth seconds later to take the momentum and pretty much end the game for the Caps.
Two of the Jets four goals came on the power play and they were 2-5 overall. The Caps on the other hand were 0-5 on the power play, including over a minute on a 5 on 3. Michal Neuvirth started the game in goal for the Caps and stopped 27 shots. Tomas Vokoun played for 41 seconds when Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau used some strategy by replacing Neuvirth with Vokoun right before the 5 on 3 started to try giving his guys a little extra rest and more time to strategize. Vokoun ended up playing 41 seconds until the next dead whistle and than was replaced right back with Neuvirth.
The Caps had 32 shots on goal with Alex Ovechkin leading the Caps with five shots on goal. Marcus Johansson had a rough night having four of his shots blocked and missing the net three times. The Caps overall shot the puck wide 24 times on the net. The Caps were also out hit 9-5 and only blocked five shots to the Jets eleven.
The Caps now head to Toronto to end their three game road trip and play the also struggling Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night. The Maple Leafs are also 1-4-1 in their last six just like the Capitals.
1st 3:53 Semin (4), Laich (8), Chimera (4)