The Washington Capitals came in tonight with a three-game winning streak and a 15-game home winning streak that they had hoped to extend against a Dallas Stars team which they have struggled against in the past, especially at home. They would lose to the Stars at home for the sixth straight time tonight 4-2, snapping the Caps winning streak, home winning streak and home point streak which was 17 straight. Washington still has not won over Dallas at home since November 30, 2006 and is 3-11-1 at home against Dallas since 1993 when the Stars moved to Dallas from Minnesota.
Dallas struck hard right from the opening puck drop as center Devin Shore scored his first goal in five games at 1:48 in the first period, which was reviewed for a questionable goalie interference call. Stars center Radek Faksa scored his second goal in three games in the second period at 4:04, and then another Stars goal was scored one minute and fifty-four seconds later by forward Jason Spezza for his third goal in four games; this led to the pulling of Caps goalie Braden Holtby. Winger Jamie Benn extended his point scoring streak to seven straight games with a point tonight with an assist. Winger Patrick Sharp recorded two points with an assist and a goal which would put the game away for the Stars. Starting Goalie Kari Lehtonen made 42 saves improving to 9-0-1 in his last 10 starts.
Caps center Nicklas Backstrom scored his third goal in four games late in the second period, he also added an assist tonight. Defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his first point as a Capital on an assist, and defensemen Brooks Orpik recorded his first point in nine games on an assist. Winger T.J Oshie scored his second goal in three games in the third period to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Starting goalie Braden Holtby, who came into tonight with a 12-0-0 in his last 13 home starts and 19-0-2 in his last 23 overall starts, made eight saves on 11 shots before being pulled in the second period after giving up two goals in less than two minutes. Holtby now drops to 0-4-0 in five appearances against the Stars, the only team Holtby has failed to defeat in his career. Backup goalie Philip Grubauer made 10 saves coming in relief. One other Caps high note, winger Daniel Winnik played tonight in his 700th career NHL game.
With this loss, the Caps and Stars even the season series at one win a piece. They will have two days off to rest and travel as they head West to California to take on the San Jose Sharks Thursday night. Game time will be 10:30 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).