The Detroit Red Wings lost a disappointing and frustrating 3-1 decision to the Washington Capitals last night, beginning a stretch of 32 days in which the team plays on an average of once every other day.
This morning, MLive’s Ansar Khan filed his game recap, which notes that the Wings were frustrated with their inability to close out Friday night’s game, but relatively satisfied with their overall play:
“I thought we played well enough to win the hockey game, put ourselves in position to win,” Blashill said. “You’re super-disappointed. You want to find a way to win the game. We’re sitting there with the game to be had. Unfortunately, they made the play late and we didn’t.”
The Red Wings (15-14-3) hadn’t played since Dec. 18, having had four games postponed due to an excessive number of COVID-19 cases. They had 11 players in protocol at one point; all except for Nick Leddy returned this week and played in this game.
The Capitals (20-6-7) returned to action in Thursday’s 5-3 victory over Nashville.
“It was physical, emotional, tight-checking,” Red Wings defenseman Marc Staal said. “We were right there. It’s a tough way to lose it at the end for sure. After that long of a break and with guys in and out of protocols, I liked our effort and our intensity and our emotion. It’s something that we’ve got to repeat.”
Staal likely wasn’t alone among Red Wings questioning why Fabbri was called for a penalty at that stage of the game.
“It’s five minutes left, and a lot of stuff was going on during the game. I thought it was a tough time to call a penalty,” Staal said. “But it is what it is, and we got to try to kill it, and we (essentially) didn’t.”
Continued; I’m still confused as to what Fabbri was called for, and as several of you noted on Twitter last night, it was a shame that the Capitals were given a center-ice faceoff after an intentional offside on their power play, ultimately facilitating the play that led to Ovechkin’s goal.