Thursday, September 20, 2007

Caps Start Strong, Lose Again

It might sound like a broken record, but the Capitals keep seem to be playing the same old tune, bad penalties at the wrong time. After a quick lead 3-1, the Caps blow the advantage to lose 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Caps gave up a power play in the second period drawing a penalty. 4 on 4 the Senators took advantage and then the lead on a later powerplay. The Capitals came out strong again, as they did in Carolina, but the Senators were able to take that lead away before the end of the second period on a tying goal by Nick Foligno.

The Caps did out shoot Ottawa 32-30, but it was to no avail as the big guns for the Senators responded in the second and third periods. Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly, Dany Heatly and Daniel Alfredsson all scored for Ottawa. Chris Clark, Alex Ovechkin, Thomas Fleischmann (goal and assist) and Tom Poti (goal and assist) tallied for the Caps.

Former Cap Lawrence Nycholat made his presence known after being traded late last season to Ottawa. The Senator defenseman elbowed Brian Sutherby then fought him in the second. Nycholat was called for an extra minor for elbowing but Clark was penalized for tripping turning the power play to a 4 on 4 which Ottawa capitalized. It was the turning point for the Senators.

The Caps did try to rally late in the third after a goal by Ovechkin, who seemed in fine form. But the Capitals could not convert on two late power plays. A powerplay that seemed to help them early in the game build their 3-1 lead. Olie Kolzig played the entire game, stopping 25 shots.

The Caps return home for a quick practice (and more cuts likely) tomorrow before heading to Tampa Bay for their third straight away preseason game. The Caps are 0-1-1 in preseason action, losing their opener to Carolina at the RBC Center in overtime.

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