D-man Breakdown: Capitals 3, Hurricanes 4 (OT)

While the Washington Capitals looked sharp, inspired, and powerful in their 7-3 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, somewhere around the 40 minute mark of their contest with the Carolina Hurricanes they lost interest in leaving Raleigh with a win. The Caps took the lead 1-0 early in the second period on a “‘Memba Me?” shot from Joe Corvo, only to see the ‘Canes Eric Staal tie it up with the two-man advantage after a Shaone Morissonn high stick and a questionable “too many men on the ice” call.  Corvo was able to close out the inning with another tally, making the contest the 50th multi-goal game this season for DC.  The Caps seemed to stay in the locker room for the third period, allowing goals by Brett Carson and Chad LaRose on a sloppy Corvo turnover. Eric Fehr continued on his recent tear, lighting the lamp with ten seconds remaining in the contest to send the game to overtime for the third time in four contests.  OT yielded more defensive zone confusion as neither Jeff Schultz nor Mike Green called “I got him” to pick up Ray Whitney, who rolled the game winner under a very out of position Semyon Varlamov.

Craig Laughlin wore WHAT!? Find out after the jump!

The Good:

– I can’t say enough good things about how hard Eric Fehr has worked to get where he is now. Now the 7th 20-goal scorer for the Caps, I consider Fehr a go-to in the time of need. If only the dude could get a checkmark next to his name.

– Speaking of #16, I’ve been impressed with the Fehr-Morisson-Chimera line as of late. They’ve been able to win draws and work the puck nicely while the opposition doesn’t seem to know how to play against people not named “Backstrom” or “Semin”.

– Welcome to the score sheet, Joe Corvo. All of GMGM’s trade-deadline acquisitions have now turned the light on since donning the Capitals’ red sweater.

– The Capitals power play. Although only able to convert on 1-of-3 chances tonight, their time of possession in the offensive zone was amazing, they took quality shots, and they were able to extend to a 7-game goal scoring streak with the extra man- now 10-for-27 in those games.

The Bad:

Jason Chimera‘s breakaway moves. All that speed is for naught if you’re either offsides, or can’t do a damn thing with the puck. Chimera’s toughness is invaluable to the team, but if we could just fancy-up your offense that’d be great, mk?

– Raleigh, NC: Home of the confused Ref. The “too many men on the ice” call that washed out one Caps goal is debatable, but if a Hurricanes’ player checks our men into their goalie that’s no interference call. And besides, Mike Knuble didn’t handpass the puck into the net, he was just high-fiving it for the awesome performance it was about to unleash.

– Did I miss something, or did the Washington Capitals turn into the Washington Nationals with their lack of hitting last night? I realize that Alex “Reckless” Ovechkin was serving the second game of his suspension, but when Backstrom leads the team in hits (4), you know something’s up.

The Ugly:

– Craig Laughlin’s beer hat. Yes, you read that right: BEER HAT.

– While the Capitals PK could be credited with allowing the ‘Canes to tap-in their first goal, the same can’t be said about Semyon Varlamov’s lack of stopping shots by Brett Carson and Ray Whitney. Bruce Boudreau has given Varly every chance to prove himself, but allowing 4 goals on a .862 Sv % ain’t gonna cut it.

– Defensive break downs by Joe Corvo, and Mike Green/Jeff Schultz. Corvo didn’t even hustle after LaRose, and the Green-Schultzy overtime gaff can’t occur from the top d-line and a pair that have worked together since Hershey. (okay, so Green spent some time alongside ShaMo for the Bears, but still…)