Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sens Snaps Washington's 14-Game Unbeaten Streak

The Washington Capitals had their 14-game winning streak snapped at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa on Tuesday, as the Sens (26-15-5) notched a 3-0 lead against the NHL's top team.

Bobby Ryan scored his 11th of the season and Zack Smith scored his 12th to hand the Capitals their first regulation loss since December 27th. Philipp Grubaer took the loss in net for the Capitals.

The Caps rigorous January schedule appears to have finally caught up with them.

"I didn't think we had a lot of juice," Caps head coach Barry Trotz said after the game. "From my standpoint I can tell when we have juice on the bench and when we don't. We looked like a little bit of a tired hockey team."

Washington (32-10-6) still leads the NHL with 70 points. Second place Columbus, who fell to the Islanders 4-2 in Brooklyn, has 68 points.

Washington has already played 13 games in 24 nights in January. They'll be home against the Devils in their final game before the all-star break on Thursday.

"I didn't think we were very sharp, and we didn't have much of our legs," said Trotz. "We'll just move on."