Go figure. As soon as the Capitals learned how to take a lead during the first period, they completely forgot how to play during the second. It’s funny how the past two games against Buffalo and Atlanta have been the absolute opposite of how this team played during the first 16 games of the year. All season long, Washington struggled in the first frame and then proceeded to dominate teams during the second. In Buffalo, they were leading 1-0 after the first, but gave up two goals in the second before losing 3-2 in OT. Against Atlanta Sunday, the Caps were fantastic for the first 20 minutes of the game, going into the first break with a 3-1 lead; they went into the second break tied 4-4.
There are plenty of Caps fans that are concerned about this team’s inconsistent play but the reality is they are 13-4-1. The team is at the top of the division, conference and league. The Caps have 27 points on the year, which is three more than Los Angeles and Philadelphia, who are second in points with 24. If this team learns to play three periods a game instead and put a chokehold on opponents once they have a lead, this group is going to be scary good. The Capitals have a much-needed day off Monday; they’ll be back on the ice Tuesday before a mid-week game with the Sabres.
Blog from Josh Fendrick –Terrapin Sophomore
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