Last week, the Capitals couldn't close out a couple of late leads in dropping their first two home games of the season. They opened a three-game homestand on Monday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche, and found the situation reversed; the Caps couldn't get started, at least not until it was too late.
Be Thankful For What You've Got - The Caps open a three-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche with a rare Monday matinee match. The NHL typically features a handful of afternoon games each Canadian Thanksgiving, and the match between the Caps and Avs is one of seven games on the league's docket today, with six of those being played in the afternoon.
Saturday Night Special - Special teams and goaltending got it done for the Caps on Saturday night in Dallas, as they halted a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) with a 4-1 win over the Stars. The Capitals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Tom Wilson power-play goal, and they preserved it with some staunch penalty killing over the game's first 40 minutes.
The Caps got their first win in regulation in Dallas for the first time since 1995. Now that's a long time and the 90s were a very different place. Let's take a look back at what was happening that year:
Goin' To Dallas - The Caps finish off a two-game road trip and conclude their season's series with the Stars on Saturday night in Dallas. Washington lugs a three-game winless streak into Saturday's contest; the Caps led all three of those games heading into the third but couldn't close out the opposition in any of them. They did claim a pair of standings points in the first two of those losses by virtue of forcing overtime.
Disorder In The House - Nashville may be a fine city, but the Capitals have found Bridgestone Arena to be an inhospitable venue on their seasonal tour through the league throughout the course of the current decade. Washington's latest agonizing setback in Music City occurred on Thursday night in a 6-5 loss to the Predators.