Wednesday night the Washington Capitals’ offensive woes continued as they were shutout by the Atlanta Thrashers 1-0 in their last game before All-Star weekend. The Caps have been shutout seven times this season, five of those games have been against their Southeast division opponents and it was their second shutout against Thrashers’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
Defenseman Jeff Shultz expressed his frustrations in the Caps chances after the game. “We had a lot of chances to score, we’re just not finding it right now,” he said.
The Capitals enter All-Star weekend with two straight losses, one at home against the Rangers and the latest in Atlanta. Washington scored just two total goals in those games after a hat trick performace from their captain Alex Ovechkin in Toronto over the weekend.
For Ovechkin, the numbers still have not picked up to last season’s totals. But his intensity and chances have increased over his last three games. Ovie took eight shots and had two hits on Wednesday, matching his eight against Maple Leafs.
“We had a lot of chances in the second and third period,” Ovechkin said. “We tried to do our best, but we didn’t score.”
The Great Eight said it was a night where the puck just didn’t want to go into the net.
Right winger Matt Bradley saw playing time for the first time since breaking his finger on December 21st. “A night like tonight is tough because I thought both teams played well, but we didn’t get anything out of it,” Bradley said.
The Caps have been shutout this season in Atlanta dropping the season opener 4-2, a matchup on November 19th 5-0 and Wednesday’s 1-0 shutout. “I think that’s a testament to their team,” Matt Brady said. “We obviously haven’t figured out how to beat them here.”