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Capitals fall in OT to Predators, dropping fifth of past six games

Capitals fall in OT to Predators, dropping fifth of past six games

Final score: Washington Capitals 1, Nashville Predators 2

How it happened: Brett Connolly put the Caps up in the first, but a Marcus Johansson turnover turned into a second period goal for the Predators. The Capitals seemed to be getting the better of the play, but found themselves in a 1-1 tie which neither team could break in the third period. It didn't take Nashville long after that as Viktor Arvidsson scored just 1:05 into OT to win it for Nashville.

What it means: Washington has now lost five of their last six games with only three points in that stretch. They now sit only two points ahead of Pittsburgh who was idle on Thursday. Columbus could also shorten the margin to two points with a win (that game still in progress at time of writing).

Goals

Caps goal: Brett Connolly form Jakub at 11:41 in the first period. The third line applied a relentless forecheck until Lars Eller was able to generate a turnover from Kevin Fiala. Vrana pounced on the loose puck for a mini 2-on-0 against Rinne. Vrana fed Connolly who buried the shot. Caps 1, Predators 0

Predators goal: James Neal from Kevin Fiala at 18:56 in the second. Neal intercepted a pass from Johansson in Nashville's defensive zone and broke out on the rush. He passed to Fiala who laid the drop back pass back to Neal who fired the long-range wrister that beat Braden Holtby glove side. Caps 1, Predators 1

Predators goal: Viktor Arvidsson from Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi at 1:05 in overtime. Alex Ovechkin floated a bit too far in pursuit of a retreating Johansen and Evgeny Kuznetsov tried to make a quick line change leaving Arvidsson free for a 2-on-1. Arvidsson buried the shot for the gamewinner. Caps 1, Predators 2

3 stars

1. Viktor Arvidsson: Arvidsson found an opening in overtime and he made it count, burying the game-winner behind Holtby.

2. Evgeny Kuznetsov: Washington's second line looked dangerous all night and that was largely because of the play of Kuznetsov. he skated and dangled his way through Nashville's defense and make it look easy in the process.

3. James Neal: It's rare to see a player beat Holtby clealnly with a long-range shot, but Neal did exactly that in the second period to give the Predators life.

Look ahead: The Caps head south for a Saturday night matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, then return for a three-game home stand that will see Calgary, Columbus and Arizona all come to town.

Tell us what you think: Kevin Shattenkirk made his return from a two-game suspension leaving Nate Schmidt as a healthy scratch. What did you think of Shattenkirk's game? If you were crafting a top six for the defense, what it be?

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Penn Quarter Q&A: Is there there a double standard for Sidney Crosby?

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Penn Quarter Q&A: Is there there a double standard for Sidney Crosby?

In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A, Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Sidney Crosby's recent shenanigans and whether the lack of punishment shows a clear double standard for him, just what the Caps are going to do about T.J. Oshie's contract, possible first round opponents for the playoffs and more!

What's going on with the Caps? Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan are here to answer your questions in this week's Q&A!

Posted by CSN Mid-Atlantic on Friday, March 17, 2017

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Justin Williams, Caps picture day legend, asks fans how to wear his hair this year

Justin Williams, Caps picture day legend, asks fans how to wear his hair this year

Justin Williams is a picture day legend. First-ballot inductee into the Picture Day Hall of Fame. He cemented that status with an amazing coiff in the Capitals team photo last year and hasn't looked back. 

Now the picture-taking time of year has rolled around again. The team photo is scheduled for Monday, March 27. 

So naturally, the Undisputed Heavyweight Team Photo Champion of the World turned to his Twitter followers for advice on defending his belt. And the recommendations? They did not disappoint.

Cannot. Wait. 

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