For the second consecutive game, the Washington Capitals fell on a west coast road swing, 5-2. Washington gave up all five goals against San Jose two night ago in the second and third periods. Last night, the Caps allowed 2 in the first, 2 in the second, and a fi9nal marker in the third. The loss drops the Capitals to tenth place in the Eastern Conference and provides some more gloom for Washington Caps fans. The loss also dropped the Caps to a dismal 7-12-1 road record.
Marcus Johansson gave the Capitals an early 1-0 lead last night against the Kings, scoring just 1:34 into the game to take an early 1-0 lead. Usually a good indicator in the NHL of who will win, the first marker was Johansson's 8th of the season. Los Angeles would then score 5 straight goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Johansson would tally for the second time of the night in tie third period, his ninth of the season.
Tomas Vokoun was pulled in the third period after giving up four goals. Vokoun gave up five two night ago to San Jose. Michal Neuvirth in relief stopped 7 of 8 shots on net.
After getting on a hot streak, Alexander Ovechkin has cooled on the road, not recording a single point and racking up a combined -4. Nicklas Backstrom has missed the past two games after getting an elbow to the head by Calgary's Rene Bourque. Mike Green missed last night, not surprisingly, from groin tightness. Here we go again.
Caps will now come home and face Pittsburgh at the Verizon Center tomorrow.