Washington Capitals: the three main storylines of the first season
The Washington Capitals lost a 2-1 game to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The Caps donned their blue W jerseys for this contest, but couldn’t match the sweet look with the game on the ice.
The first period was scoreless as the Flyers led in shots 12-6. The Flyers then scored two goals in the second period from Derick Brassard at 11:18 and Sean Couturier at 15:44. 2-0 was the score after two periods as the Flyers led 14-11 in shots in the second period.
The Caps were better in the third period, overtaking the Flyers 15-6 to put up a total of even 32 shots apiece. They just couldn’t get the equalizer. The rookies had a good game to get the Caps on the board.
John Carlson fed Connor McMichael. McMichael stepped onto the ice and gave a non-looking back pass to Brett Leason for the second of his career at 6:02. 2-1 would be the final score.
That goal was the result of a rookie trio that Peter Laviolette built up early in the third period. It was a trio with Hendrix Lapierre, McMichael and Leason.
Leason told media after the game:
“It’s definitely on your mind because we’re all young, we’re all trying to prove something here. But I think it’s just the coach calling us at that point and you have to go out and do this. that we can to help the team.
“I thought in the third this line was good. I thought we were going a step further.
The Caps are hit with TJ Oshie, Anthony Mantha and Nicklas Backstrom all injured. This gave these recruits the chance to prove themselves. The third period sparked a comeback and there came some changes that even one of our backers was asking for, giving the youngsters more playing time.
The Caps host the Buffalo Sabers tomorrow night.