Capitals Vs. Jets: Jets Ground Caps In 4-1 Loss

The Caps have now lost seven of 10 and three straight after Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Jets.

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Capitals Vs. Jets: Jets Ground Caps In 4-1 Loss

The Washington Capitals hadn't visited Winnipeg in 16 years entering Thursday's game with the Jets. Based on Thursday's performance, perhaps the Caps don't want to return there for another 16.

The Jets, paced by Evander Kane's two goals, scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win over the Caps.

Alexander Semin gave Washington an early 1-0 lead, but Kane's first goal about four minutes later opened the floodgaes for Winnipeg. Kane, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood scored within a four-minute span in the second period to put the game out of reach.

Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves, while Ondrej Pavelec made 31 of his own for the victory. Dating back to last season, the Jets have now won five straight against the Caps.

The Caps and Jets will meet again Wednesday at Verizon Center, but the Caps head to Toronto Saturday to face the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.


Capitals Vs. Jets: Jets Fly Away From Caps With Three-Goal Outburst, Lead 4-1

During the second period, the Winnipeg Jets took off and left the Washington Capitals behind.

Winnipeg's three goals within a four-minute span have given the Jets a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Evander Kane scored his second goal of the game at 6:38 when he took advantage of another Washington turnover and sent another wrist shot past Michal Neuvirth.

Later in the period, the Caps had a great opportunity to tie the game, but it was the Jets who ultimately took advantage. Jeff Halpern and Brooks Laich found themselves on a 2-on-0 shorthanded breakaway off a Jets turnover. Halpern fed Laich, but Laich missed. The loose puck then found its way to Blake Wheeler, who corralled the puck, cut towards the net and beat Neuvirth in tight for his first goal of the season at 8:31.

Just over two minutes later, Kyle Wellwood added to the Jets' lead with his sixth goal of the season when he picked up a loose puck in the crease and put it past a sprawling Neuvirth.

Washington actually had 15 shots to Winnipeg's 13 in the period, but have no goals to show for it and limited time to make a comeback.


Capitals Vs. Jets: Alexander Semin Gets Caps Off Ground, But Game Tied At 1-1

The Washington Capitals took off before the Winnipeg Jets, but the home team grounded them shortly after.

Alexander Semin put the Caps up first, but Evander Kane tied the game shortly after as Washington and Winnipeg are tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Semin's goal at 3:53 put the Caps up 1-0. Brooks Laich entered the zone along the left boards and sent a pass to Jason Chimera, who was running parallel to his right. Chimera then sent a quick pass to a cutting Alexander Semin, who had enough space to freeze Ondrej Pavelec on a shot fake. With Pavelec out of position, Semin had a wide-open net and roofed the puck into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Kane tied the game for Winnipeg at 7:51 off of a turnover. The Jets had the Caps pinned down in their defensive zone for almost one minute before Kane beat Marcus Johansson, Cody Eakin and John Carlson to a loose puck and Michal Neuvirth with a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season and sixth against the Caps in his young career, most against any opponent.


Mike Green Injury Update: Capitals Defenseman Unlikely To Join Team On Road Trip

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will not join the team on their current road trip as he continues to suffer from a strained right groin muscle, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

After missing three weeks with a right ankle injury, Green returned Friday against the New Jersey Devils, but injured himself again after taking a hit from the Devils' Ryan Carter. Green has not played or skated since.

When asked if Green would join the Caps on their current three-game road trip, head coach Bruce Boudreau was blunt.

"I really doubt it," he said to reporters.

According to Carrera, Green has been taking part in off-ice workouts back at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. The Caps are undefeated with Green in the lineup this season and his presence is definitely missed when he's not playing. Green only played in 49 games last season while suffering from head injuries.

Without Green, the Caps are traveling with six defensemen.


Capitals Vs. Jets: Michal Neuvirth To Start As Caps Hope To Take Off Against Jets

It's been 16 years since the Washington Capitals played a team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. That will change Thursday when the Caps head back to face the repatriated Jets at MTS Centre.

The Caps started their three-game road trip in heartbreaking fashion in a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday. Troy Brouwer gave Washington a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes left, but the Predators responded with three unanswered goals, including the game-tying goal 28 seconds after Brouwer's goal and the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left. With the loss, the Caps dropped 3-5-1 in their last nine games after starting 7-0-0.

Michal Neuvirth will start for the Caps Thursday at the sight of one of his biggest personal achievements. In 2009, Neuvirth won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs as the Hershey Bears defeated the Manitoba Moose at MTS Centre to win the franchise's 10th championship.

Karl Alzner, John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault were also a part of that championship team, but Perreault might be a healthy scratch for the fifth time in seven games, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

Neuvirth will be opposed by Ondrej Pavelec. It will be Pavelec's 11th straight start.

While the Jets may be "new," the Caps are quite familiar with the former Atlanta Thrashers, who defeated them in four of six meetings last season. The Jets, however, still reside in the Southeast Division for the season and are six points behind the Caps in the standings. Both teams have lost six of nine.


Capitals Vs. Jets: Washington Heads To Winnipeg To Take On The Jets

The Washington Capitals will be in Winnipeg tonight for the first time since the team moved from Atlanta over this past offseason.

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