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Video: Slumping Capitals lose to Devils, Grabovski leaves due to injury

Jan 24, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

Things aren’t getting any better for the struggling Washington Capitals. In fact, they could be getting a lot worse.

The Capitals lost for the seventh consecutive game after falling 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Friday. It didn’t help matters that forward Mikhail Grabovski left the game in the second period after suffering what appeared to be a left leg injury.

The injury occurred just after the midway point of the period, as Grabovski got tangled up with a New Jersey defenseman in front of Cory Schneider and got his leg caught under him on the fall.

Grabovski, who has 12 goals and 33 points this season, didn’t play another minute. The Capitals said at one point his return to the game was questionable.

According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Grabovski went out for a quick skate prior to the beginning of the third period, but left the ice and went back down the tunnel to the dressing room.

The Capitals were already without star Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league in goals but is dealing with a groin ailment. That only compounds their recent troubles. For the fifth time in this recent skid, they were held to just one goal.

  1. lowenni - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Yeah. Time for a shakeup. This team needs an identity.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Guys…. I’m starting to think that Jeff Schultz was the glue that held this team together……. HAHAHA!!!

    Seriously… This has just become laughable. How BAD is this team? You have to absolutely blow it up starting with the Owner. Sell the team, Ted… you’re worthless!

    • rsl22 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      55 jokes never get old. I actually laughed out loud at that thought.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Jeff Schultz gave me a thumbs down :(

  3. penguins87and71 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    They have zero leadership.

    • rsl22 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      “The Capitals were already without star Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league in goals but is dealing with a groin ailment.”

      I guess OV could have led from the press box.

      At the end of the day, your precious Pens have terrible D and will be knocked out in the first round.

      • penguins87and71 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Do you even watch the Penguins? They have a great defense this year, they are ranked in the top 10 this year. The Penguins did win a Stanley Cup in 2009, when was the last time the Capitals won?

    • nyrfan - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:07 AM

      What do you expect when they name the best player on the team as Captain instead of the best leader on the team. I think there’s some really good teams out there that make this mistake. Preventing the organization from winning a Cup. The Craps are a prime example. Had tremendous talent on the team but lacked leadership. The communist will mature eventually and be that leader but by then he and/or other core players may be gone. They need a young 2nd line Center and a guy that will stay more than 1 year. They let Ribeiro walk for 500k more than the Cap hit he carried while with the Craps. I always likes McFee since he was a banger for the Rangers but he needs to lock up Grabovski or find a replacement and lock him up for at least 3 seasons. Also why would any GM in their right mind, trade Phil Forsberg for eRAT! He’s a bum. Not like the Caps have a ton of NHL ready prospects ready next season. They have 1 player. That’s it in the way of NHL talent. GM GM needs to go IMO!

    • nyrfan - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      What do the Pens have to show for all their leadership? 3 1st round exits in a row and 1 more exit in the 2nd round against TB? Or was that the 1st round too? That series Jordan Staal had the team on his back. TB and their 1-3-1 forecheck was just too much for them. That 1-3-1 aggressive/Moderate trapping style was used to such perfection that even with Crosby & Malkin. That series was a given for the lightning. Ray Shero puts all his chips up front on top 6 forwards but neglects depth/secondary players for the bottom 2 lines and Defenseman. The Pens can’t win 1-0 or 2-1 games in the playoffs. They don’t have the D for that. Get rid of Letang and his retarded contract and get a shutdown guy. Even their shutdown D are 2nd or 3rd pair defenseman. Shero has plenty of top 6 scoring. Go put together a 2 way 3rd line around Sutter as the Pivot. Then make a gritty 4th line that can forecheck but play sound D. Glass is a good start. Just need 2 more NHLers. Maybe start by finding a face off guy for the 4th line. Can’t allow a goal if you win the FO and beat the forecheck out of the zone cleanly. He won’t do any of that. He’s going to find more scorers. He needs to have 9-12 top 6 forwards. Oh well. I hate the Pens so I hope Shero follows suit and trades more of his nice defensive prospects for top 9 forward help. Help they don’t need with Crosby-Malkin-Kunitz-Neal-Sutter-Jokinen

      • penguins87and71 - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        It sucks you don’t know what your talking about and you probably don’t even watch Pittsburgh Penguins games. What are you talking about, the Penguins got to the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL last year. Where were the Rangers? Oh yeah playing golf. The Penguins are top 10 in defense this year Matta, Niskanen, and Martin are all having great years. Orpik and Scuderi are having decent years, and Letang well his just a great hockey player. His not much of a defensive defensemen, but his a great goal scorer. They don’t need any 3rd and 4th line depth they have enough as it is. Their 3rd line is Glass-Sutter-Pyatt and their 4th line will be Engellend-Vitale-Adams. That’s enough grit for me. They do need a top 6 forward this year. They need a RW to put on Sidney Crosby’s line. The Penguins have plenty of leadership: Crosby, Orpik, Scuderi, Adams, Fleury, Vokoun, Niskanen,and Glass.

  4. gunnyhighway88 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Ted Leonsis is hardly worthless. You’re a moron if you think he’s the problem with the Capitals. What I will say is that it’s time for him (Ted Leonsis) to let George McPhee go and bring in a new general manager. Somebody that will take a chance here and there to get a big name player. McPhee seems to be too afraid to get a player like Jagr again.

  5. 950003cups - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    The Caps live and die with Ovechkin. When he’s ON, they’re unbeatable. When he’s in a slump, the team follows. What the Caps need is another Alexander Semin type. You can’t leave these stars alone. Someone has to deflect attention. Crosby and Malkin. Kovalchuk and Parise. Ovechkin and Semin. Deviils are chugging along SOMEHOW with neither Kovalchuk OR Parise. Caps will figure it out. Oates is a good coach.

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