WASHINGTON (AP) – Peter Laviolette ignored the feeling around the Washington Capitals after losing his third straight game in a row and his sixth at home.
“I think the boys will probably leave the field out of anger,” Laviolette said. “People are probably angry.”
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Anger and frustration have built up in the Capitals and may have culminated with a 5-3 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. This can be blamed on a number of brutal scoring and defensive blunders that spoiled a comeback and left the crowd of more than 18,000 houses unhappy once again.
Washington is 3-8-1 at home in 2022 – none of those wins by regulation. The last home win of the Capital took place on January 22.
“That’s our building and we’re not done yet,” Laviolette said. “It has to be better.”
While there’s a growing sense of urgency three weeks into the trade deadline, it’s no better than Toronto. The Capitals once again let in the first goal – Michael Bunting’s 19th goal of the season 2:35 – and blew it up by dropping two more in the final few minutes of the opening period.
Young defender Martin Fehervary was beaten in a corner in front of Bunting’s goal, William Nylander beat Ilya Samsonov five holes and Justin Holl scored in a challenge in the net with 1.6 seconds left in the first half. Laviolette jerked Samsonov to death after letting him score three out of 10 shots and confirmed it was the coach’s decision and not injury related.
“The end of the first period was difficult,” Laviolette said. “We missed two goals at the end of the first period and that’s not good.”
After Conor Sheary’s goal in the first game, Tom Wilson scored twice to pull the capital. Then, defender Rasmus Sandin put Toronto ahead with a 4v4 goal with 3:23 remaining, and Pierre Engvall scored with an empty net.
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“Things hurt when you give up on a goal so late and you can’t go back and tie it up,” Sheary says. “We have to find a way. We know we have the answer in the room and we just have to find a way to string a winning pair together. “
The Maple Leafs have won three in a row, though this is another one that won’t hit the standout reels. After a 10-7 win in Detroit, Toronto outscored some of the more shaky play of goalkeeper Petr Mrazek, who dared many stunts into the net while conceding three goals from 33 shots.
That included a header that hit Mrazek’s net in the opening minutes and was on the goal line before Auston Matthews finished.
“Sometimes you need such little bounces to win the game, and today we were on our side,” Mrazek said. “The great defensive play of ‘Matty.'”
Whether at home or on the road, not much is going in favor of the Capital right now. If there is no total collapse in the interval and another team has an inevitable run, they will enter the Maple Leafs in the knockouts, but there are still major concerns ahead of the mid-season. tournament and Laviolette doesn’t want to strive up bad luck.
“There are things that we can do better,” he said. “We’re in a position right now where it just doesn’t go our way, so we have to clean it up and we have to do a better job.”
NOTE: Washington defender Justin Schultz has been sidelined for the third time in four games with an upper-body injury. Striker Daniel Sprong is an unexpectedly healing scratch. Al capitol Bill Riley and granddaughter Kryshanda Green attended a puck drop ceremony as part of the team’s Black History Night tribute.
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Washington hosts Hurricane Carolina on Thursday in the second game of a three-game house.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/01/capitals-suffer-sixth-consecutive-home-defeat-losing-to-maple-leafs-5-3/ Capital suffered a sixth straight loss at home, losing to the Maple Leafs 5-3 – CBS Baltimore