|Neuvirth vs. Anderson|
The second period saw a lot of the same. There was a little more back and forth but it was a solid defensive period by both teams. Then with a minute and a half to play, Ottawa got a goal back when Tim O'Brien broke through two Caps defenders and finished off a pass from Condra. This gave Ottawa a small bit of momentum going into the locker room after 40 minutes.
Two minutes into the final period they got most of the momentum back when Milan Michalek scored off of face-off in the Caps defensive zone. The shot was a soft backhand that should have been an easy save for Neuvy but it found its way to the back of the net and tied the game at 2 goals.
Ottawa controlled the third period, plain and simple. The Capitals seemed to do the opposite of what they did in the first two periods and that, plus a late Joel Ward penalty, gave them the perfect opportunity to steal the win. On the aforementioned power play, Gonchar was able to put one past Neuvirth and complete the Senators comeback.
This was a tough loss for the Caps. They basically did everything right for
On the bright side, it seems like they are adjusting to the new system and starting to bring back the natural and passionate play that we expect from them. If they can keep there heads up and maintain the style of play that they did for the first two periods, they will win a lot of games this season. Personally I am giving them one or two more games to fully adjust before they need to kick into gear and just win. Easier said then done but at this point they need to realize that the season is already an eighth of the way over and they are way behind.
It's time to bring winning back to Washington.
As always, Lets Go Caps!!