Dating back to the ’05-’06 season the Caps have done well when playing the Canes (12-4-2). In the history of games played between these two teams, 16 of the last 26 games have been decided by one goal or less, but that certainly was not the case tonight. The Canes scored three goals in the second period, which is normally the Caps specialty, to win by a score of 4-1.
Carolina broke Washington’s two game winning streak and gave the Caps a bad start to their December after they had an impressive November. This was all thanks to the Canes left winger Jeff Skinner who finished tonight with two goals and one assist. Caps goalie Braden Holtby, who came into tonight with a 4-2 record when playing Carolina and is third in the NHL in saves, only recorded 23 saves as he was pulled after the second period after giving up four goals. He was replaced by Philip Grubauer who was called up from the minors after Michael Neuvirth went to the injured list.
The only bright spot for the Caps tonight was defencemen Mike Green scoring their loan goal tonight and his first goal of the season. This goal was Green’s first goal since April 27th of last season which ends his twenty-four game scoreless streak. Mike Green currently has more points against the Carolina Hurricanes (14) than he does playing any other team in the NHL.
After this loss tonight Washington will have three days off to prepare to face off with the Nashville Predators. Time of the game will be 7:00pm/ET at the Verizon Center.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)