February 2, 2013

Capitals Vs Maple Leafs January 31, 2013 Game Review

Michal Neuvirth makes one of 37 saves (.925 Sv%) in loss to Maple Leafs - Toronto, CA January 29, 2013.
Photo © Nathan Denette / AP Photo / The Canadian Press.

Washington Capitals 2 Vs Toronto Maple Leafs 3 = Road Game Loss

The Washington Capitals found themselves in another losing streak on Thursday - January 31, 2013, when they yielded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was their second straight loss. When it comes to the Capitals, right now, a winning streak seems like a fantasy, as they've only managed one win so far this season.

Washington's bad habits keep leading them to acquiring penalties by the bushel load. For the most part, as expected, this leads to strong efforts and early leads or late comebacks being wasted. Any apparent immunity to misfortune whilst committing these mistakes is usually very much temporary.

The Capitals struck early. Just 1:36 into the game, Joel Ward (RW) scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Mike Ribeiro (C) and Jason Chimera (LW). The rest of the first period went by a bit more slowly than one might like, as seven penalties were doled out. Washington received the first five in succession. The Capitals who were very well shielded by that previously mentioned short lived immunity, as their penalty killers and goaltender Michal Neuvirth kept Toronto from scoring more than one goal. That power-play goal came at 8:19, when James Van Riemsdyk (LW) scored his fourth of the season.

The Caps only other goal was a second period PPG by Alex Ovechkin (LW / RW). Nicklas Backstrom (C) started the play from behind the Leafs' net, with a pass to Ribeiro, who immediately sent the puck across ice to Ovechkin. Toronto goalie James Reimer was powerless to stop the blazing wrist shot from Ovie.

Nikolai Kulemin (LW) and Matt Frattin (RW) added two more goals for Toronto in the third period. All Washington could manage were three more players spending time in the "sin bin".

Once again, the Capitals failed to gain any standings points. The only things gained were more disappointment and frustration. It's a damn shame that when people look back at the -2012--2013 NHL Hockey season, they will fail to remember how netminder Michal Neuvirth's stats don't fairly represent his performance. He, and others on the team, are to be cheated by someone else's mistakes and missed opportunities.

Caps Postgame Locker Room 01/31/13: Caps players Matt Hendricks, Joey Crabb, Michal Neuvirth, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro and Joel Ward address the media after a 3-2 loss against the Maple Leafs.

Adam Oates Postgame 01/31/13: Caps head coach Adam Oates addresses the media after a 3-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

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