Capitals again fall to Toronto

Capitals again fall to Toronto
February 5, 2013, 9:45 pm
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What it means: The Caps have now lost four of their last five and fell to 2-7-1. It is believed to be their worst 10-game start since 1981-82 when they started 1-9-0.

Big picture: Once again, the Caps had a major edge in puck possession and scoring chances, but were not rewarded with goals.

Spare Ribs: Mike Ribeiro continues to put up big points for the Caps. His power-play goal 6:47 into the third period drew the Caps within 3-2 and was a thing of beauty. Alex Ovechkin gained entry with speed, fed the puck to Troy Bouwer in the high slot and Brouwer found Ribeiro in the right circle. Ribeiro measured goalie Ben Scrivens and bet him up top for his third goal and 11th point of the season.

Finding his MoJo: Caps forward Marcus Johansson scored his first goal of the season but it was his overall play that was most impressive. He was extremely active on the penalty kill and had his best jump of the season.

Finding Neuvy: Neuvirth looked shaky on all three Toronto goals. He had a bad exchange with Tom Poti behind the net on James van Riemsdyk’s wraparound goal; failed to cover a loose puck on van Riemsdyk’s second goal and allowed Korbinian Holzer’s soft wrist shot squirt between his pads midway through the second period.

Ovi watch: Alex Ovechkin managed four shots but remains stuck on two goals. He picked up a power-play assist on Ribeiro’s goal

Look ahead: The Caps are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, then catch a flight for Pittsburgh, where they’ll face the Penguins on Thursday.