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Capitals lose again, off to worst start since 93-94

Jan 25, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

For the first time this season the Washington Capitals won’t be leaving a game completely empty handed — but that doesn’t mean they’ll be in a celebrating mood.

The New Jersey Devils slowly established a 2-0 lead against the Capitals over the first two periods of Friday’s contest. However, Washington bounced back late in the third thanks to a power-play goal by forward Mike Ribeiro and a snap shot by defenseman Mike Green that found its way past Devils netminder Martin Brodeur.

That evened the game going into overtime, but the Capitals couldn’t get anything going in the extra period and eventually forward Ilya Kovalchuk managed to power the puck by Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth to secure the 3-2 overtime victory.

You can watch the game-winning goal below:

Washington is now 0-3-1 this season. The last time they were winless through four games was 1993-94 when they started the season 0-6-0, according to the NHL.com. The Capitals still managed to make the playoffs that season, but it was also an 84-game campaign.

Washington will continue its search for a win against Buffalo on Sunday (3:00 p.m. ET at the Verizon Center).

  1. husky2score - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    What a year boys, what a year. But hey, it ain’t so bad? I mean we’re with Calgary, if they are even a hockey team anymore. Way to ruin the Maryland sports run this year. I mean, you got the O’s, Redskins, Ravens, not Wizards, and… ya. So much for “Holtbeast”. Now its Holtwesuck.

    • t9tookey - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Can’t lay this at Holtby or Neuvy’s feet. People need to temper their expectations a lot. No way was this team going to be good early having no training camp and having to learn a new system. It took the Bears a couple months to get this system down (and their still seems to be some issues but they’re playing way better).

      Don’t be surprised if this is a lost season. Oates had absolutely no time to get the players used to the new system on top of the fact that a bunch of these guys are playing their way into game shape. If anything, this shortened season will be time for Oates to implement his system, work the kinks out of it and make tweaks as needed (which is what Mark French has been doing in Hershey since Oates left).

      • trick9 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        Maybe they should start playing 6 d-man’s instead of 0 they are playing now. All i see is 18 forwards and no defenders to speak of.

      • rsl22 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Can probably lay a little at Holtby’s feet…but Neuvy looks solid.

        If indeed the Caps do continue to suck for the remainder of the season….can at least look forward to winning the lottery and adding Seth Jones to the crop of Kuznetsov, Wilson, Forsberg and Grubauer.

      • dcfan4life - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Better showing, maybe a good sign of things to come.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Not making the playoffs

  3. mpg44 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Is this page EVER going to acknowledge the 1. The NJ Devils played , 2 . That they won, 3 . That they are 3-0-0. What crappy coverage!! Are all you “so called ” experts a little pissed off that you are being proven wrong yet again by this team!!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      I’ve been extremely impressed with the Devils. I mean they always give the Flyers problems but now they’re doing it to everyone. Solid D, timely scoring, and, of course, Brodeur. It’s amazing that the team that won the conference last year could be a sleeper, but Devils the sleeper pick of the East?

      • 19to77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:07 AM

        I don’t know about conference champions, but they’re absolutely a stealth hit of a team. Everyone figured Parise leaving would screw them, but he’s just one top-line forward – a painful loss, but not a team-breaking one. They’re still a powerhouse, great on D, on the attack and somehow, still in net. I swear to God, Brodeur ages in Selanne years.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      Wait, you consider people who predict games experts?

      • mpg44 - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

        “So called” , I was hoping the quotation marks would help with sarcasm but I guess I didn’t . But yes , that was a sarcastic statement to say the least!

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Agreed, and I don’t even like the Devils. But guess what? They won. They deserve the majority of the coverage.

      I get that the Capitals starting with 4 straight losses IS a story, but it shouldn’t be the main story. If I want to hear more about the team that lost than the team that won, I’ll turn on ESPN’s 24/7 Lakers coverage.

  4. govtminion - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Watching them a couple of times so far (tonight and the Winnipeg game), the Caps just look sloppy. They’re getting beat defensively- the result is a lot of odd man rushes, lazy penalties, and missed coverage on key people (Kovalchuk made it look easy in OT). Their goaltending looks decent actually, but outside of that they just look like a mess. Very disappointing so far.

  5. bayafan - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    You should have put experts in quotes

  6. cspsrbums - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Man I miss the lockout after watching them they look like a peewee team out there. Getting rid of Semin was a big mistake they gave up a goal scorer now have no second line. Half the team is too small and get knocked off the puck. And why is Schultz still in the NHL ?

  7. martysbetter - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Another great win!

    The score is a bit misleading, Neuvirth played really really well and Marty had a shutout up until the Devils got called for 5 or 6 penalties in the span of 5 minutes.

    What is up with Ovechkin? That guy was a complete non-factor on the ice – man, how the great have fallen.

    No Parise? No problem! This is a hockey TEAM.

    PS. Congrats to Brian Gionta’s little brother on his first goal of the season!

    GO DEVILS!

    • martysbetter - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      By the way, a thanks to Ovechkin for diving on a breakaway in OT to set up the game winning odd-man rush.

  8. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    hate to say I told you so caps fans. Dale Hunter had them all collasping around the net and blocking shots because he knew they weren’t very good and that was there only chance at winning. Bruins are 1st in the east, caps are last. Your goalie doesn’t look so good now that some shots are actually getting through. I’d be shocked if they made the playoffs. Suckers.

    • rsl22 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Caps still beat your bigbadbruins last season in the playoffs….but yea, as a Caps fan, they don’t look awesome right now. Better days ahead though, there are still some things to be excited about.

  9. cspsrbums - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Need to dip down and pull up some players Forsburg,,Ekin , Orlov, this team is getting old

  10. cspsrbums - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Maybe go and get Subban?

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