Jose Theodore gets help blocking shot from Sergei Fedorov.
Capitals 1 - Coyotes 2
The Washington Capitals lost their third straight game Thursday night, when they faced the Coyotes in Phoenix. It was the second on their three game Western road trip, and second straight one goal loss.
The Caps looked much better than in their previous two games, especially on the power play, in the first 10 minutes or so. Goalie Jose Theodore was more solid than any of his earlier starts. The bad news is that he would definitely need to be.
Things looked good for Washington just over halfway through the second period, when they finally got a PP goal via a Brooks Laich wrist shot that went past Mikael Tellqvist. Phoenix has a very poor record when scored upon first. You would think the Capitals would have gained some kind of momentum with the goal, but that didn't quite happen.
Jose Theodore makes pad save on shot by Shane Doan.
In the second period, the Caps' line of defense seemed to retreat from the Phoenix blue line into the neutral zone, where they started committing a lot of turnovers. During the third period, they fell back even further, to just about their own goal mouth. Offensively, they started looking like they were getting back into the habit of waiting for the perfect shot, or being too fancy. It took only 6:32 of the third period for Phoenix's youngsters Mikkel Boedker and Peter Mueller to score the two goals they would need to defeat the Caps.
Hopefully Washington can snap out of their scoring slump and sure up the defense for their next opponent, the Dallas Stars. They're going to need every part of their game to be going well if they want to right the ship and come home on a good note.
Both Photos from Associated Press - October 23, 2008.