Capitals Blow Second Two Goal Lead in Loss to Ducks

Washington welcomed the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Anaheim Ducks to Verizon Center Monday night. The Capitals were looking to bounce back from 5-4 OT loss to the Devils on Saturday night. The DUCKS* were looking to continue their red hot streak. The Ducks have gone 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. Their last regulation lost was on November 26th. Luckily for the Caps, all of the Duck’s seven regulation losses have come away from Anaheim. The Capitals welcomed back old head coach Bruce Boudreau and ex forward Mathew Perrault.

Both teams created some pressure early, but the Capitals got the first powerplay of the game 3:45 into the first period. The powerplay created a few chances but no goals. The Capitals did break through first, a beautifully worked give and go between Troy Brouwer and Mikhail Grabovski ended with Grabovski’s skate redirecting the puck past Jonas Hiller 7:21 into the first period.

Grabovski goal

The Capitals went back to the powewplay with 8:34 left in the first. Nick Backstrom made the Ducks pay with his 9th goal of the year 30 seconds into the powerplay. His shot hit the pipe and then the back of Hiller before it found the net, 2-0 Caps. Did I ever say how much I like the Swedes?

Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center on December 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center on December 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ducks found their answering goal with 2:44 left in the first. The Capitals second line had a long shift and couldn’t get the puck out of their own zone. Cogliano scored on a backhanded shot that deflected off Grubauer’s blocker and in making it 2-1 Caps.

Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on December 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Andrew Cogliano #7 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on December 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ducks began the 2nd period on the powerplay, and created a few chances on it. The Capitals, however, did not concede, until there was only 26 seconds left in the period. Saku Koivu Finnished (see what I did there?) a pass from Ben Lovejoy to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the 2nd.

The third period was a back and forth one. The Ducks eventually started the scoring with a Hampus Lindholm goal 14:24 into the period. Lindholm’s shot found its way through a lot of traffic in front, and unluckily for the Caps, put the Ducks up 3-2.

With a little over three minutes left, Alex Ovechkin almost tied it up. His shot hit off the crossbar and goes straight down. After a video review it was determined that it was not a goal. The shot even triggered the spotlight and goalhorn.

The Capitals fall to Anaheim 3-2. They always say 2-0 in the worse lead in sports, and tonight it was. The Caps are now 0-2 on the three game home stand. Tough to see us lose a 2 goal lead but its still early right? Capitals are off on holiday as are UK friends would say. We will see you Friday when the Capitals host the New York Rangers.

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