Well, that was a terrible hockey game. The Capitals did not look like the Capitals and I am guessing it had a lot to do with the trade that many players found out about when they arrived at Verizon Center for the game that afternoon. No matter how mentally tough a team is, losing two players so unexpectedly has to take a toll.
I think it was honestly the worst first period all season. The Capitals gave up three goals and took only four shots. It was painful to watch. To their credit, they tried to battle back and at one point had only a one goal deficit, but then the worst team in the NHL scored their fifth goal of the night and the hope in the room deflated.
The game ended with an empty-netter leaving the score at 3-6.
The Caps are no longer undefeated in the Southeast Division, but they're still leading the division by far. And really, who can blame them for being a little off their game?
Now they get to meet their new teammate and learn to play with him. I hope he's a good addition.