Instant analysis: Canes 4, Caps 1

Instant analysis: Canes 4, Caps 1
December 3, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Caps flat play costs game against Canes

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) in the second period at Verizon Center.

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How it happened: The Hurricanes carried a 1-0 lead into the second period then exploded for three goals in 3:44 to chase Caps goalie Braden Holtby [4 goals on 23 shots] and turn a close game into a rout. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Capitals. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Canes.

What it means: The Capitals fell to 14-12-2 but remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 30 points.

Goal-by-goal breakdown: Carolina opened the scoring 10:20 into the game when Jeff Skinner beat Braden Holtby with a short side shot. Holtby’s left knee went down and he left a small opening above his left elbow. Skinner made it 2-0 midway through the second period on another bad-angle shot that beat Holtby over the stick side. Canes defenseman Andrej Sekera made it 3-0 on the power play when his point shot glanced off the shin pad of defenseman John Carlson and past Holtby. Jiri Tlusty made it 4-0 less than a minute later when he backhanded a shot into the top left corner. Holtby remained in the game for the rest of the period but was replaced by Philipp Grubauer for the third.

Green finally scores: Mike Green entered the game having the most shots by an NHL player without a goal this season. He netted his first of the season 6:39 into the third period on a power play. The goal came on his 65th shot of the season.

Scouting Report: Winnipeg Jets assistant general managers Larry Simmons and Craig Heisinger were among those in the press box, sparking trade speculation over Caps forward Marty Erat and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, each of whom has requested a trade. The Penguins, Canadiens, Coyotes and Senators also had scouts at the game. The Czech Ice Hockey Association also had a pair of representatives. One NHL scout told CSNWashington.com that there is a concern around the NHL that Erat would ask to be traded from two teams in two seasons.

Look ahead: The Caps will have the day off on Wednesday, then report to Kettler for 10:30 a.m. practices on Thursday and Friday ahead of Saturday’s game against Matt Hendricks and the Nashville Predators.