In typical D.C. sports fashion, the Capitals had a 2-0 lead on home ice, a 3-2 lead mid-way through the third period, and still lost in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Capital One Arena Thursday night.
The Caps dropped a 4-3 decision to Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So what went wrong for Barry Trotz's crew? The answer is plenty.
A bad penalty by Andre Burakovsky allowed Seth Jones to streak down the right wing and bury a feed from Panarin to tie up the game. Wilson could not clear the zone and the Jackets quickly made them pay.
The Columbus power play coming into the game was only 25th best in the NHL at 17.2 percent, and 30th in the league on the road at just 13 percent.
Trotz said Kempny will be re-evaluated over the next two days but has an upper-body injury, and if he’s not available for Game 2, it’s likely that Christian Djoos will take his place.
His fault? Probably not. But Trotz needed him to be a lot better considering the Caps were short a defenseman and already down Beagle.
Kuznetsov took a bad penalty in the third, a back-and-forth slashing battle with Panarin.