Wednesday brought back painful memories in both regards.
Much like the Nashville Predators in their bid to get at least a measure of revenge for the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals couldn’t beat the Penguins in their first chance in 2017-18. Instead, the Penguins narrowly prevailed by a score of 3-2.
With this result, both teams stand at 2-1-1 in this young season.
Powered by power play
When you look at the raw shot totals (36-22 in Pittsburgh’s favor), one might feel inspired to bash the Capitals for a poor effort. The even-strength numbers were actually quite even, however, as you can see via Natural Stat Trick.
The Penguins’ power play ultimately ended up being the big difference-maker. All three of Pittsburgh’s goals came on the man advantage, as they went 3-for-6 while the Capitals frequently lethal unit went 0-for-4.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 12, 2017
First taste of Djoos
Christian Djoos‘ first-ever NHL game was as impressive as the puns related to his last name were cringe-inducing. (Maybe as if you were drinking an especially tart juice?)
It seems like the Starburst slogan was the main winner:
THE DJOOS IS SO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE
— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 12, 2017
If you’re going to throw blame around, Ovechkin probably isn’t the right target for such derision after this loss.
Ovechkin had 7 shots tonight. The other 11 Caps' forwards combined for 9.
— Bob Grove (@bobgrove91) October 12, 2017
None of that was good enough for the Capitals to manage a comeback against the Penguins, so they’ll need to wait until their next game (Nov. 10 in Washington) for their next crack at a team that just seems to have their number.
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