Capitals crumble in third period against Panthers

Capitals collapse in 3rd duration versus Panthers initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Going into the 3rd duration of Tuesday’s video game versus the Florida Panthers, the Capitals held a three-goal lead and, relatively, were in control of a video game they’d been the much better group in through 2 durations.

Then the dam broke, the floodgates opened and almost every other catastrophe metaphor unfolded, as the Capitals were outshot 26-2 in the video game’s last duration. The Panthers rallied to win 5-4 with an objective with simply 14.4 seconds to play. 

For as much as the on-ice item suffered, the numbers were even uglier. 

According to Natural Stat Technique, the Capitals were out-attempted 34-4 at all strengths and 23-2 at five-on-five in the last duration. Those portions comprise a 10.53% and 8% shot effort share, respectively. 

Five-on-five shots preferred the Panthers 18-1 and scoring opportunities preferred them 14-0. They had 6 high-danger opportunities compared to zero for the Capitals. It was an extremely one-sided 20 minutes in total contrast to the very first 40 minutes.  

For his part, Washington goalie Ilya Samsonov stopped 46 of 51 shots on the night, which benefited a .902 conserve portion. 2 of the objectives he allow were on the power play, and the shorthanded objective permitted was on a breakaway effort. 

The 51 shots permitted was the most the group had actually permitted all season, smashing the previous mark of 37 set versus the Ottawa Senators in October. That night, the offense existed to bail out the Capitals in a 7-5 win. However 4 objectives wasn’t enough in Dawn, Fla. on Tuesday regardless of an excellent start to the video game.

Washington was strong through the first two periods and actually held a 25-24 shot advantage entering the third period. 

With objectives from Connor McMichael, Beck Malenstyn, Lars Eller and Nick Jensen, the scoring was spread around and — while the video game was a bit more wide open than they’d have liked — the Capitals felt good getting in the final duration. Why wouldn’t they? 

And then, everything that could’ve gone wrong did in a 20 minutes they’d certainly love to forget. Luckily, they will have that chance Thursday back at Capital One Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. Until then they will think about the video game that escaped so rapidly. 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.