Caps Improve, Still Fall to Maple Leafs

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Posted October 17, 2017

You know who played well? Braden Holtby (Caps Outsider)

After the debacle that was an 8-2 loss against Philadelphia this past weekend, the Capitals had to change their play against a high-flying Toronto team. And they did in many ways, but missed an opportunity to snag a win when they made major improvements.

Braden Holtby only gave up one goal and the defense played much better against Toronto, but they just couldn’t get anything past Maple Leaf goaltender Frederik Anderson, falling 2-0.

“They scored on their chance, we just need to score on ours,” Coach Barry Trotz said after the game.

“Obviously it was a better game but the outcome wasn’t what we want,” said Jay Beagle. “The offensive chances were there – we just have to capitalize.”

Already playing without Lars EllerTyler Graovac left the game early with an upper body injury. John Carlson, meanwhile, played 27:33, as the Caps have two rookie defensemen in Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey who are playing relatively limited minute with the injury of Matt Niskanen.

Despite that, the Caps played a strong defensive game. Each team had 30 shots on net.

“There was a lot of improvements from our game in Philadelphia, that’s for sure,” Trotz said. He expects Eller to be back next game.