The Caps' losing streak stretched to six straight in excruciating fashion on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena when they lost a 7-6 overtime game to the San Jose Sharks. Twice the Caps led this game by two goals, but ultimately, they couldn't get out of their own way.
Two To Go - Washington starts a set of back-to-back games on Tuesday night when it hosts the San Jose Sharks' lone visit to Capital One Arena this season. The Caps are off to Toronto immediately after Tuesday's tilt; they'll face the Maple Leafs there on Wednesday. After absorbing a 6-2 loss to the Panthers in Florida on Monday, the Sharks will be finishing up their own set of back-to-backs as well as a four-game road trip on Tuesday in D.C.
Five Down - In the wake of Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago, the Capitals find themselves saddled with a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), their longest in more than four years. The last time the Caps lost as many as five straight games was from Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2014, during the first month of Barry Trotz's four-year tenure as the team's head coach.
After managing just one five-on-five goal in their previous four games, the Caps erupted for five of them on Sunday in Chicago against the Blackhawks, all five of them from defensemen. Unfortunately, the Caps also surrendered half a dozen goals at five-on-five, and the result was another ugly loss to a Western Conference opponent, 8-5 to the Hawks.
Good Morning Chicago - The Caps face the Blackhawks on Sunday morning in Chicago, and yes, you read that right. Puck drop for Sunday's contest is at 11:30 a.m. local time, and the game pits a pair of teams seeking to halt losing streaks.
Toppled From The Top - During his four-year tenure as coach here in Washington, we heard many of Barry Trotz's favorite coaching tenets, and we heard some more than others. Trotz was fond of saying said that teams needed to keep points coming in and they needed to avoid losing streaks, because in a league with so much parity, a bad turn can send you in a southerly direction. "You can't afford to have a bad week," was probably his most frequent way of putting it.