Uninspiring start condemns capitals in home losses to sharks – NBC4 Washington

Uninspiring start condemned Caps in losses until Sharks originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Right from the jump in Wednesday’s match, it was clear which team had their legs under them and which team did not.

The Capitals were dominated in the first 10 minutes of their game against the Sharks, but in a 4-1 loss, the tone was set with an early goal from Noah Gregor as the Sharks jumped ahead and never looked back. Trapped in their own zone in the opening minutes, the Capitals were reduced to playing catch-up the rest of the night.

The loss lowered the Capitals to 3-6-2 in January, as there are still offensive questions about what is the reason behind their lack of output.

“We have to wake up, not the start we wanted,” Daniel Sprong said. “After the first 10, I thought we had some pretty good looks and started playing our game. But we have to be better in the first 10. That kind of changed momentum after that.”

San Jose had a 12-2 shot advantage in the first few minutes of the opening period, and at that point it had a lead that would not be given up.

“Listen, there are no excuses for that,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “They were faster. They were more battle-ready. We have to be more prepared than we were at the start of the game.”

In total during that period, the Capitals were outscored 27-22, outshot 14-8, allowed eight high-risk chances for just three of their own and came out of the first half of the period in a hole both on the scoreboard and how the game went.

For a team that has struggled to score goals this month, getting tied up in their own zone was not the solution.

“They were much better than us to start the match, no doubt in all areas,” said center Lars Eller. “We turned a lot of puck in the neutral zone and fed their offensive. They were just better than us in the beginning, quite simply. We got our emotions into it and a little more speed, a little more attitude in the last 10 minutes of the first “I also believe in the other.”

At five-on-five, the Capitals allowed the season’s worst 16 high-risk chances per game. Natural Stat Trick. Half of those chances came in the first period alone.

With Ilya Samsonov back in the Capitals’ net, he had a decent night and stopped 26-of-29 shots being sent his way. But the slow start, paired with the continued slow stretch from the attack, left them defeated at both ends of the ice.

“I think our speed was not there from the start,” defender Michal Kempny said. “We just have to be ready from the fall. It just wasn’t ready from the first minute. “

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