After they started 2-8-1 and having a miserable start to the 2013 season, the Washington Capitals had things turned around and spinning in their direction. They beat teams like the Boston Bruins and kept their fans confident that they were ready and poised to make a playoff run in the second-half of this lockout-shortened season.
This weekend threw a little wrench in things, however. Washington faced off against the dueling teams from New York in a two-day travel trying to get their record above .500 for the first time all year. Things didn’t go as planned for the guys in red as they lost the scoring battle 9-3 and put on back-to back weak showings. Let’s take a look back at the weekend that Adam Oates and Co. would like to forget soon and VERY soon!
Saturday against the New York Islanders: Young goalie Philipp Grubauer was called up from Hershey to make this start, but he couldn’t make the best of it allowing five goals to the Islanders. The two goals were notched by Mathieu Perrault and Niklas Backstrom but in the end, the defense could not stop John Tavares who scored two goals in less than 40 seconds to put the Isles on top and eventually defeat the Capitals.
Sunday against the New York Rangers: In the game broadcasted nationally as a part of NBC’s Hockey Day in America, the Capitals put on a very poor showing. John Erskine scored early in the first period, but that was all as the well ran dry for the rest of the offense. Braden Holtby let up four goals in a game that proved the Capitals were fatigued.
Washington will look to rebound and earn another spot in the Southeast Division in their game on Tuesday.