Washington Capitals Continue to Allow the Opposition to Score First

January 17th, 2011 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals have truly struggled with scoring the first goal in many of their games this season.

Of the 46 games the hockey club has played to date, they have allowed the first goal in 28 of them.

On Sunday, January 16th, they again allowed the first goal when the Ottawa Senators' Mike Fisher scored just 1:12 into the game. The Capitals rallied in the third period, scoring three goals to put the Senators away.

That type of rally has been the exception, not the rule, when they allow the opposition to score first.

In games where the Capitals put the first goal in, the team is 12-2-4, giving them a win percentage of .667. When the other team scores first, they are 13-12-3, putting their win percentage at .464.

The Capitals currently sit in last place in the NHL in regards to first period scoring, putting the puck into the net a meager 28 times in the first stanza. Their 28 first period markers is little more than half that of the Chicago Blackhawks, who have scored 50 goals in the first period and lead the league in that category.

While Capitals are not the worst in the NHL in allowing first period goa ...

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