Capitals lament poor defensive play letting goaltender Darcy Kuemper down in Home Opener loss to Bruins

The Washington Capitals fell to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in their common season Home Opener on Wednesday. The Caps dug themselves an early 3-0 gap that they couldn’t come again from.

The crew’s new, primary goaltender Darcy Kuemper was once greeted in his debut with 4 targets in opposition to on 29 pictures.

After the sport, head trainer Peter Laviolette and a few of his avid gamers put that poor debut extra at the crew’s defensive effort as an entire than the rest Kuemper did himself.

“I thought [Kuemper] was good,” Laviolette stated. “I don’t think we were very good in front of him.”

The Bruins put 3 targets previous Kuemper sooner than the primary part of the sport had elapsed. The Caps would get the following two however may just now not tie in the 3rd era.

“Obviously, going down 3-0 is a tough hole to come back from,” Kuemper stated. “We did a great effort pushing back but couldn’t get it tonight. I thought we did a good job taking over the game there that second half. We really dug in which is a good sign after that early hole. I think it’s tough to come back offensively when teams can sit on a lead like that, but we put in a really good effort. Just weren’t able to get it.”

MoneyPuck had the 32-year-old netminder’s targets stored above anticipated general as minus 1.1 after the sport, which means that by way of the maths he principally gave up one dangerous objective. The 2022 Stanley Cup champion put that at the second-period David Pastrnak objective that beat him five-hole blank.

“They got one on the power play off a rebound and a second one that I picked up a little bit late,” Kuemper stated. “Other than that I felt pretty good about my game. Obviously, not happy with the result. It always sucks losing the first game of the year, especially the Home Opener. There was a lot of good things from everyone out there, we just got to make sure we’re ready from the start.”

Laviolette despite the fact that defended his new goaltender.

“The Pastrnak one was a quick turnaround,” Laviolette stated. “It’s tricky where it comes through a screen, and you’re not quite ready for it. But, the rest of them we gotta do better things in front of him. I thought defensively we could have done things better, especially in the first period.”

Natural Stat Trick presentations that total in the sport at five-on-five, the Bruins recorded 24 scoring possibilities to the Capitals’ 18. The Bruins’ had 10 high-danger possibilities to the Caps’ 7.

“It’s on us to be tighter defensively,” ahead Anthony Mantha stated.

That was once a sentiment additionally echoed by way of defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.

“We didn’t get off to the start we wanted,” van Riemsdyk stated. “We simply didn’t simplify, get pucks in, and we noticed once we did do this we performed a a lot better recreation. I believed as the sport went on we did get well, we created extra, however simply dug ourselves too large a gap to get started.

“We have nothing but confidence in [Kuemper],” he added. “We hung him out to dry a couple of times and he bailed us out. He’ll be good to go. I’m not even going to think twice about it.”

The Capitals gets a right away probability to flip issues round as they’ll take at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday evening. The Leafs misplaced their season opener in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, too. Ilya Samsonov shall be in internet in opposition to his former membership. The Capitals have now not but showed if Kuemper gets any other get started or if backup Charlie Lindgren will make his debut.

Regardless, questions after one recreation surrounding the play of the crew’s protection and massive free-agent acquisition goaltender isn’t the beginning the Capitals had was hoping for.

Headline photograph: Alan Dobbins/RMNB

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