Capitals need to clean up game, show desperation

WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals learned a hard lesson in their 2-1 loss in Game 2 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series with the Pittsburgh Penguins: the power play can’t provide the only offense.

Washington had eight power-play goals in its first-round series with the Philadelphia Flyers, and even though the power play went 1-for-2 on Saturday, the rest of the attack was disjointed.

It did not look like an offense that ranked first in even-strength goals (164) — and second in goals per game (3.0) during the regular season. Through two periods, they managed 10 shots on goal (to 28) and two even-strength scoring chances (to eight), according to war-on-ice.com. The final tally: a 35-24 shot and a 12-6 scoring-chance advantage for the Penguins.

“We didn’t manage the puck (in the first two periods),” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “We didn’t place it in the right…

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