It was the same thing the Capitals’ brass wanted all along.
The team’s goal was to take advantage of a short-lived “power” that was so prevalent on the ice.
In that spirit, they decided to take it a step further.
As soon as the first power-play goal of the year came, the Caps’ goalies were going to be out on the bench.
It would have been nice if they’d got more power-plays and not just more power plays.
But then they went to the bench a few more times.
As a result, the Capitals scored on just 3.2% of their power-games (that’s 1.5 goals per power-game).
That’s not even good enough to keep pace with the Kings and Rangers.
And the Kings had the league’s worst power-stats, so maybe that’s something to keep an eye on in the future.
The Kings also played well against the Kings in the playoffs, with the team outscoring the Blues 35-21, but the Blues are far better at taking penalties and getting shots on goal.
The Capitals had a few of their best players score on their power play, but they struggled in other areas of the game.
The first power play goal of this year had the Capitals down 2-0 early in the third period.
That’s when they scored on a power play.
But it didn’t end there.
The power play ended up being their only goal of that game.
A couple minutes later, the Kings scored again on the power play when Andre Burakovsky put it past David Backes.
That one also got the Capitals up 2-1.
After that, the Blues outscored the Capitals 4-2 in the final minutes of the first period to win 3-2.
There were also a few other power plays in that game, including a breakaway goal by Andrei Markov with 2:38 left that helped the Capitals get back into the game in the first place.
It was a strange game.
Not only was it the first time the Capitals had gone three games without a power-goal, it also came during a period when the Caps were winning 5-2-0, a big reason why the Caps had the first pick in the 2018 NHL draft.
There was a reason they were so dominant in the power-scorers category.
After the Capitals won the first round of the playoffs with a 7-2 win over the Capitals in their first-round series, the league noticed a different trend in power-scoring.
The Sharks won the Stanley Cup with a 6-3-0 mark in power play situations in 2017-18, and it’s a trend the Caps should take note of as they try to get back on track.
The same thing could happen to the Capitals this season.
With the NHL’s power-scoring average of 6.1 goals per game, the Sharks have the league on pace to have the highest power-sources per-game in the league this season (in terms of power-receiving percentage), per War on Ice.
That will help the Capitals, who are likely to be the best team in the NHL at getting to the power.
They also have a lot of skilled players in the middle of their lineup that can generate a lot more offense than just one player.
That makes it easier for them to get to the net, and the Caps are going to need to get creative in their powerplay efforts.
That means not just getting one player to stick on the front of the net but also getting multiple players to get their power shots on net.
That should be a lot easier for the Capitals to do when they have the puck more often.
The Caps have the talent to make this happen.
That doesn’t mean they’ll be able to.
The Panthers had the second-highest power-shot percentage in the National Hockey League last season, and they’ve struggled this season because they’re playing with a lot fewer forwards on the roster.
That could make it tough for the Caps to keep up with the rest of the league in this area, and that could also hurt their chances of winning the Stanley.
But the Capitals are getting a lot better with their top-line players this year, and their ability to score is one of the reasons they’ll have a better chance to win this season’s Stanley Cup.
It’s a team with talent that could be a contender again in the coming seasons, and with that, a playoff push.