The Washington Capitals’ recent poor form continued on Thursday, as they were defeated 5-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, their third consecutive defeat. Despite traveling overnight and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Capitals struggled and never led the game.
Washington’s angst was palpable in the locker room after the previous night’s loss to the New York Islanders, a game they felt they deserved to win. Unfortunately, the Capitals’ frustration did not translate into a better performance against the Lightning, and they were outplayed the entire game.
Washington Capitals’ playoff dream threatened by string of losses
The Lightning took the lead nine minutes into the game and doubled it with seconds left in the period. Despite a better effort from the Capitals in the second period, Tampa’s Patrick Maroon scored twice to extend the lead, while Craig Smith’s late goal was only a consolation for Washington.
The Capitals’ sixth loss in their last seven games, and their second in a row with only one goal scored. Washington’s playoff chances are slim with only six games remaining in the regular season and seven points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Wild Card spot.
Washington Capitals’ Nick Jensen disappointed with team’s performance in latest defeat
Nick Jensen was dissatisfied with the team’s performance, claiming that they should be working harder and giving more. Despite the demanding schedule, he felt energized and that the team should not use it as an excuse.
Former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, who is now an analyst for the team, noticed something off about the team’s performance as well. With the playoffs rapidly approaching, the Capitals must find a way to turn their fortunes around if they are to qualify.
Despite Alex Ovechnik’s outstanding season, which saw him surpass Wayne Gretzky for the most 40-goal seasons in NHL history last week, the Capitals’ chances of making the playoffs appear bleak. With only six games remaining, the team will need to improve and be determined to finish the season on a high note.