If the Washington Capitals are hoping to snap their eight-game losing streak, they haven't gotten off to a great start. They already trail the Ottawa Senators 2-0 in a first period that was about as bad as it could have been for the team.
The Senators got on the board just seven minutes into the first period. Ryan Shannon dove into the shot in front of Michal Neuvirth and ripped it home for his fourth goal of the year. Then, with just over six minutes remaining in the period, Chris Kelly gave the Senators a 2-0 lead with his eighth goal of the season.
The Capitals had their chances late in the period. They had a two-minute power play at the 16-minute mark, but failed to convert on the goal. Then, in a cruel twist of irony, Eric Fehr scored in the closing seconds of the period, but the goal was ruled off because it occurred after the buzzer. The call was clear as day, but it's still a bad omen for the Capitals and a sign of what has happened to them over these last three weeks.