Between the Washington Capitals’ 5-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils and Alexander Ovechkin’s hat trick, fans in D.C. have a lot to celebrate. Even so, the game highlights the team’s struggle with consistency this season.
The Caps went 2-8-1 through their first 11 games before mounting a three-game winning streak—all against divisional opponents. In that stretch, the Caps scored 15 goals and allowed eight.
After having their streak snapped in Madison Square Garden by the New York Rangers, Ovechkin and company were hoping to bounce back during two consecutive home games against the Devils.
Looking at those games is like watching two completely different teams play in red sweaters. They were about as black and white as it comes.
Discipline comes to mind first.
The Caps’ lack of discipline cost them the first of their two consecutive games against the Devils. After going into the third period with a 2-1 lead, they took five minors in the first 10 minutes of the period and lost 3-2.
Their penalty-killing squad and netminder Braden Holtby bailed them out time and time again, but it w ...
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Washington Capitals 5-1 Win vs. New Jersey Devils Highlights InconsistencyFebruary 23rd, 2013 by Michael Prunka Leave a reply »