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Capitals’ penalty kill has allowed power-play goal in four of first five games
24.10.2016 20:27

With Rick Nash hovering in the slot, Derek Stepan lit a puck to him and Nash walked to Jimmy Vesey wisely on the right. With Braden Holtby on the top edge of its enclosure and unable to drag on time, Blackhawks Jersey, Vesey had a shot at an open net, and he delivered, tying the game for the New York Rangers in what was ultimately a 4-2 victory for the Washington Capitals.

For Washington, that goal was his fourth play goal allowed shorthanded 14 times in five games this season. The sample size is small, but at this point, the Capitals have allowed as many shorthanded goals as they have to play five against five potentially about a team that was ranked second in the league last year with a percentage of 85.2 of the death penalty. In this young season, the Capitals are 27th with a percentage of 71.4.

"Well, we have some new people there, but we also have many of the same people, so, you know, it's just a mentality," said the coach Barry Trotz. "Once you start digging you a bit of a hole, you get worried about it. We just need a little confidence in the future. It is not that we do not have, but we just put everyone on the same page, and we're just not there yet, but we will. "

The Capitals have lost two strong penalty killers in the offseason with the free agent departures of forwards Mike Richards and Jason Chimera, they also returned all defenders who registered minutes shorthanded last season, and the penalty death before the top pair of Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik. The only new face on the unit is Lars Eller, who was on the ice for the purpose Vesey Saturday night. The Rangers had only four shots on goal in three power play opportunities, so it's not as if Washington allowed endless scoring opportunities.

"We just have to see what other teams are doing and continue to get in the hallways and block shots," said defenseman Karl Alzner. "When we do our switches and stuff like that, it seems that we are, sometimes a bit - we're just a little slow to do so. We want to pressure, but we have to put pressure on chip, and if we do not work exactly the same time, it happens to every penalty kill. I do not think it's as bad as it seems right now on paper, but we would be better. "

Alzner feel that the penalty kill is not "as bad as it seems" has merit, as the first two goals in the game the Capitals were allowed deflections. Patric Pittsburgh Hornqvist tipped in a point shot Kris Letang with his stick, and the objective was considered as a possible high stick before being judged as good. Against the New York Islanders, a goal Ryan Strome exploded skate Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik.

But the last two powerplay goals allowed in games against the Florida Panthers and Rangers, he has not been lucky bounces that hit Washington, but the calculated parts. For the Capitals, it's still early in the season, leaving plenty of time to work.

"A couple of unlucky," said Beagle. "Same kind of system than last year, so I think it's just little things here and there that we need to get better and keep on keep working. We had some good things as well, but as a PKer and the other guy PK, we are pleased of course not. It's not good enough, and so we have to be better. "

 

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