The Nashville Predators went down quickly with little resistance early and never were able to catch up in spite of much better play in the final two periods on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Predators had plenty of opportunities on the power play, which has been their bread and butter recently, but never converted. After pulling close at 2-1 in the final period, two quick Caps goals were the nail in the coffin for the Preds.
Including the preseason, the Preds were 3-0 against the Caps this year so it was an uphill battle to try to pick up a fourth straight win.
The Caps had not gained much traction under new coach Dale Hunter but may have turned the corner against the Predators as their top players broke into the scoring column and Alex Ovechkin looked better than I have seen him play this season.
The schedule gets no easier at this point as the Preds host Columbus tomorrow night and then go to Dallas on Friday before playing Detroit at home on Monday.
Here is our game story from last night that include our comments from the couch. Make the jump for the full round-up of everything from the game...
Main Stream Media...
Josh Cooper: (The Tennessean) Game story - Notes - Postgame Ponderings
David Boclair (The City Paper)
Bryan Mullen (Preds.com)
Jim Diamond (The Examiner)
Ryan Porth (Smashville 24/7) Game Story - Morning Skate
Amanda DiPaolo (Inside Smashville)
Mark Willoughby (The View from 111)
Robby Stanley (Hockey Night in Nashville)
Dirk Hoag (On The Forecheck)
Kris Martel (Predatorial)
D.C. Area Media...
On Frozen Blog
Rock the Red
Russian Machine Never Breaks
Kings of Leonsis
Three Stars of the Game...
1. Nicklas Backstrom
2. Alexander Ovechkin
3. Marcus Johansson
Highlights come from NHL.com....
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass