Just 20 seconds into another power play, Carlson was stripped behind his own net by Devils forward Adam Henrique. He put all his weight into a point shot that beat Holtby (34 saves). Adam Larsson's point shot smacked off goalie Braden Holtby and led to a juicy rebound. That goal tied the game at 9:19. Even the general manager has weighed in. Obviously that's just too much," Caps coach Adam Oates said. But after that passed without incident and with the Caps still ahead 2-1, they lost focus. Late in the man-advantage, Brouwer made a power move of his own and flipped a backhand shot on goalie Martin Brodeur (17 saves)."That's a game that you didn't think you were going to lose," Oates said.Five in less than eight minutes prove too much to overcomeIt has been an issue all season for the Capitals.

Again the Caps responded."We feel like we were robbed a little bit tonight," forward Troy Brouwer said.. Still, despite Oates' admonitions, the anger was palpable in the Washington locker room afterward. "I thought maybe a couple of the calls were tough calls . Mathieu Perreault was there to roof the rebound for a 1-0 lead. but how many times are we going to have this conversation? It's on us.New Jersey went ahead at 11:40 on a power-play goal by star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils then held on down the stretch for the victory. And while they didn't take advantage of those opportunities, eventually the chances drained Washington's players."Ovechkin, who played a strong game, drew a second-period penalty with a power move up the right wing past a Devils defenseman.It didn't last long, however. That led to 3:49 of four-on-three and five-on-three hockey for the Devils. A game in which Washington led the New Jersey Devils by a goal in the third period turned against them in a disastrous 7:56 span thanks to five consecutive minor penalties.

The coaching staff has pleaded and prodded its players to cut down on their penalties."Despite yeoman's work by the penalty killers to maintain the lead through the first three penalties, they couldn't prevent Andrei Loktionov's goal off a faceoff win. But New Jersey already had tied the game thanks to a goal at even strength just 27 seconds after an Alex Ovechkin minor expired. He quickly found Patrik Elias for an easy short-handed goal at 11:16 of the second period.Washington (5-10-1, 11 points) took six penalties in the third period overall, though one was a coincidental minor with a player from each team going to the penalty box. "Two points, one point, anything kind of that was taken away from us there.It was all for naugh.

Mike Ribeiro, alone for a split-second, quickly corralled it and slammed a shot between Brodeur's pads to make it 2-1. On that same power play, some tough puck pursuit led to a floating, deflected pass into the slot by Brouwer. Matt Hendricks (holding), Tomas Kundratek (delay of game), Ovechkin (tripping), John Erskine (hooking) and Tom Poti (interference) were all whistled for infractions."You start the third period, you got the lead and then give them two five-on-threes in one period. It all added up to a 3-2 loss for the Caps, one of their most deflating of this disappointing season.Only one led to 36W UV Lamp a power-play goal against.