The Washington Capitals have gotten off to a very slow start this season, dropping their first two games to the Tamp Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets.
Tuesday night’s home opener was the first home opener the Caps have lost in 10 years, but there were obvious reasons why the game resulted in a loss.
In both games, the team seemed flat and was out-played by the opposition, most notably the Jets, who were playing their third game in four days Tuesday night.
Many fans will look directly at new head coach Adam Oates, although the new coaching style is one of the many reasons why the Caps have gotten off to such a slow start.
For starters, it seems as if after scoring a goal, Washington becomes complacent and slacks off after getting on the board. For example, in the first period against the Lightning on Saturday night, Joel Ward scored a tying goal halfway through the period. After that, the Caps gave up four unanswered goals to the Lightning, most notably a goal 44 seconds after Ward’s goal.
The story was the same against the Jets. Matt Hendricks opened up the scoring in the first period, and the Caps were goin ...
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