Washington Capitals Keep Cooling Off As They Catch Fire
The Washington Capitals have been looking from the outside into the playoff picture all season, but on Sunday night had to look back at another desperate squad just behind them. The Philadelphia Flyers‘ 5-4 come-from-behind win in overtime helps them claw to within one point of Washington (34 points) and serves as another frustrating moment in season full of them.
“We got a point there, but we obviously want two there,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said, via NHL.com. “We let it get away.”
Alex Ovechkin’s eighth goal in the past eight games gave Washington a 4-2 lead in the third period before the Flyers roared back to send it to overtime. This is a microcosm of the sort of tease season it’s been for Caps fans, as the team inspires belief that it will finally seize the No. 8 seed one moment, and then takes a step back into the fray. The Capitals actually have the second-most losses in the NHL when leading after two periods.
Looking at the season from a macro perspective, you see the great run that helped Washington surge back into contention after having the lowest point total in the league. After a tough stretch in which it won five of seven in March, Washington finally got to an easy pocket of the schedule — or what seemed that way. Over the past three games, Washington has faced zero teams that are currently seeded to make the postseason yet came away with two losses.
The Caps get their next shot at climbing back towards the playoff picture when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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