Capitals fall to Jets in home opener: highlights
Game in a nutshell: The Capitals grabbed an early lead with a goal by Matt Hendricks but it was all downhill after that. Back-to-back penalties to Joel Ward [tripping] and John Carlson [delay of game] led to first-period power-play goals by Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd. Kane used a burst of speed to set up Blake Wheeler for a goal 14:32 into the second and Jim Slater scored a killer deflection goal with 46 seconds remaining in the second. By the time Troy Brouwer scoffed with 76 second left in regulation it was too late.
Offensive stars: Defenseman Tobia Enstrom led the Jets with assists on consecutive goals by Ladd, Wheeler and Blake, but it was Kane who torched the Caps again with a goal and an assist. He now has 9 goals and 4 assists in 16 games against the Caps.
Killer penalties: The best way to kill a penalty is to not take one and the Caps were guilty of two big ones early in the game when Ward and Carlson went to the box. They’ve now allowed five power-play goals on 10 chances against.
Dropping the gloves: Matt Hendricks fell one assist short of a Gordie Howe hat trick. He scored a goal, then fought Jim Slater when the Caps went down 4-1 and dropped the mitts against Chris Thorburn with the game out of reach on the third.
Historically speaking: The loss was the first in a home opener for the Caps since Oct. 6, 2000.
What’s next: The Caps will host the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at Verizon Center. Look for Michal Neuvirth to get his first start after Braden Holtby surrendered 10 goals in his first two appearances.