Caps stunned by Preds in final minute
With the Caps and Predators deadlocked in a 1-1 tie with a minute left in the third period, the last thing one would expect was a two goal explosion from the home-standing Predators.
But then it happend.
Colin Wilson scored the go-ahead goal for the Preds at 19:35 and Shea Weber followed with a blast into the empy cage to seal the deal at 3-1 just five seconds later.
In the span of about a minute, the Caps went from a hard earned point on the road to wondering what happened.
In a night that featured a battle of two goalies on top of their game all night in Tomas Vokoun and Pekka Rinne, the Predators offense stole the show just before the curtain dropped.
Rinne was especially excellent for the Predators, turning away 39 of 40 Capitals shots on the evening. Vokoun wasn't bad either for the Caps, making big saves late in the second period to keep the game scoreless after two, he stopped 28 of 30.
But it wasn't enough as the Caps fell on the road for the third time against a Western Conference foe this season, the team is now just 2-5 away from Verizon Center overall.
Troy Brouwer opened the scoring in the third with his 5th goal of the season on a rebound from Cody Eakin and Marcus Johansson. However, Marin Erat added his 3rd of the season just 28 seconds later to nod the score at 1-1.
Then Wilson got a beautiful feed from behind the Washington cage from Martin Erat to give the Preds a 2-1 lead with under a minute left in regulation.
The Caps pulled Vokoun before the faceoff, which Nashville won back to Shea Weber, who calmly blasted the puck into the empty net for his 3rd goal of the season.
After a slow start to the season, Weber has points in four of his last five games (2 G, 4 A). His defense partner Ryan Suter led all skaters with more than 24 minutes TOI.
The Caps peppered Rinne in the second period, outshooting the Preds 15-8, but were turned aside by the lanky Fin on all but one occasion on the night, and one that Rinne surely would want back. They also squandered two second period powerplays during a dominant period in which they should have easily scored multiple goals if not for Rinne.
The Caps are back at it on the road for their first visit to Winnipeg to face the Jets following the teams move from Atlanta on Thursday.