Capitals Fall to Stars 4-2, Home Winning Streak Ends at 15 Games

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Dallas Stars 4-2 Monday night at Verizon Center. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 44-13-8 (95 points). The Capitals next travel west for their annual west coast trip, starting in San Jose on Thursday night. Puck drop is 10:30 p.m. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Caps. Kari Lehtonen got the nod for the Dallas Stars.

Andre Burakovsky missed his 9th consecutive game due to a hand injury.

Nate SchmidtTaylor Chorney and Aaron Ness were the healthy scratches for the Caps.

This was the Capitals’ 350th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • The Caps gave up three unanswered goals to start the game.
  • The Capitals were down two goals after two periods of play at home for first time since 1/3 versus Toronto.
  • Capitals home game winning streak ends at 15 games.
  • Caps were 2 for 44 shots in the game. Since returning from the bye week, the Capitals are 17th in the league in shooting percentage at 7.2%.
  • Braden Holtby’s run of 21 consecutive decisions with a point (19-0-2) also ends. This was his first regulation loss since Dec. 27 vs. Isles.
  • Caps’ last two home losses came vs. teams on Dads’ Trip. Devils on 12/28 and tonight vs. Stars. (They also beat two teams on Dads’ Trips).

The Stars struck first on a goal by Devin Shore at 1:48 of the opening frame. The Capitals challenged the goal, citing goaltender interference, but the review deemed the goal was good.

The period would end with the Stars leading 1-0. The Capitals outshot the Stars 12-7 through the first period of play.

The Stars would take a 2-0 lead on a goal by Radek Faksa at 4:04 of the middle frame. The goal was setup by a turnover by Nicklas Backstrom in the Capitals defensive zone.

The Stars would stretch their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Jason Spezza at the 5:58 mark of the middle frame. The goal would chase Braden Holtby, who was replaced by Philipp Grubauer.

The Caps would get on the board on a beautiful feed from Kevin Shattenkirk to Nicklas Backstrom at 15:52 of the second period.

The period would end with the Stars leading 3-1. The Caps outshot the Stars 16-10 for the middle frame. Caps led in shots on goal 28-17 through two periods of play.

T.J, Oshie would cut the Stars lead to one with a nifty backhand goal at 12:26 of the final frame.

The Stars would add an empty net goal to make it 4-2, and that would be your final score.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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