Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

WASHINGTON — Coming off one particular of their most uplifting wins of the season, the Capitals failed to develop on their momentum Friday as a series of odd-man rushes and breakaways permitted the St. Louis Blues to safe a five-two victory at Capital 1 Arena.

The Capitals (33-30-7) have faced lengthy odds for a playoff spot more than the final two months. They appeared to breathe some life into their postseason probabilities Wednesday with a comeback win more than the Buffalo Sabres that goaltender Charlie Lindgren described as “the very best-feeling win all year.”

Regrettably for Washington, these great feelings didn’t carry more than into Friday’s game. The Blues (30-33-five) grabbed the lead significantly less than two minutes into the contest and never ever trailed. They kept obtaining techniques to get behind the Capitals’ defense, scoring each and every of their initial 3 targets with no any opposing skaters standing in between netminder Darcy Kuemper and the target-scorer.

What did carry more than was the Capitals’ turnover trouble. Soon after recording 18 giveaways against Buffalo, they committed an additional 17 with St. Louis taking the turnover margin 26-20 all round. The Capitals entered play Friday tied for the 12th highest price of giveaways per game in the NHL at 9.16, even though that quantity has risen to 12.06 considering the fact that Feb. 1 — 31st in the league more than that span.

The Capitals scored a pair of targets in the third period off the sticks of Martin Fehervary and Nicklas Backstrom, but it was as well late of a push to turn the outcome about ahead of a Blues empty-netter iced the game. Backstrom’s tally came on a six-on-four circumstance with Kuemper pulled, the second time in as lots of games the Capitals scored with the two-man benefit.

Twelve games stay on the Capitals’ schedule and it is going to take a historic run down the stretch for them to make the playoffs. They’ll appear to get such a streak began Sunday when they travel to take on the Minnesota Wild, who are playing with no injured star left wing Kirill Kaprizov.

By Editor