Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz will be in hot water for firing his bench after Tuesday night’s loss to the Islanders.
Trotz has yet to be held accountable for the play that cost the Capitals a 4-1 lead and was followed by a 7-7 overtime loss to New York.
He’s already been accused of using his bench too much and then making the players wait for a timeout.
The Capitals lost a lot of ice time to injuries, but the loss was also a reminder of just how far Trotz’s bench has come.
Washington’s goaltending was not up to par with some of the league’s best, and the loss left them in a precarious spot heading into Wednesday’s game against the Islanders at Verizon Center.
The Caps have not allowed a goal in six straight games and are currently the fourth-worst team in the NHL.
They are now on pace for 29th place in the Metropolitan Division, a spot that would likely send them to the playoffs.
Troz’s team, however, is not exactly the one that was able to pull it off.
With Washington’s two other goalies struggling, the Caps struggled to create any offense.
And when they did, it wasn’t to the extent of their usual excellence.
The first goal of the game was scored by Chris Kelly, but Trotz had to wait until the final two minutes of regulation to find an open net.
In the end, it was his fourth goal of that game.
The third was scored on a penalty shot, and Trotz missed an open breakaway on a rebound by Chris Mueller in the dying minutes of the third period.
In all, Washington’s three goals were scored by players who were not even on the ice at the same time.
There was also some bad luck with the Islanders, who scored three of their four goals in the first half, including two on goals from rookie defenseman Elias Lindholm.
Lindholm scored his second goal of game in the third, and then scored again after two assists from Alexander Semin, who has scored in each of his last five games.
The Islanders, meanwhile, were without center Nick Leddy, who will not be in uniform Wednesday due to the flu.
Washington is coming off a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, but they didn’t look like the team that defeated them in overtime Monday night.
The Washington Capitals played a very defensive game against New York, with the Capitals out-shooting the Islanders 13-6.
They also outshot New York 19-3 in the second period.
It wasn’t until the fourth period that Washington finally got any sort of offensive touch, but it was too little, too late.
The game was tied 4-4 in the final minute of regulation when a puck dropped into the Islanders’ zone.
Trots’ bench had two players on it, and it was not a play that Trotz was looking to use his bench for.
Trozes bench was called for two penalties for interference, and after that the Caps could have scored three goals.
But that was the least of it.
Washington went on to score four goals over the next five minutes, and when they finally scored a goal it was in a 2:12 span of time.
They scored three more goals in that span, and they did so on a shorthanded goal by Matt Niskanen, a first for Washington.
It was a poor showing from the Caps’ bench.
The Isles scored two goals in those five minutes.
Washington could have tied the game on a goal by Mark Barberio or a power-play goal by Michael Grabner, but there were no more goals for the Isles.
The penalty for interference was an unnecessary hit on the Islanders captain, who was trying to get around Trotz.
Troisi was also called for a minor penalty for roughing, which he was later seen in the locker room.
That could have given the Isles two goals.
Washington has now allowed 17 goals in its last seven games.
Trois was called on for a pair of minor penalties in those games, and his next penalty was a hit on defenseman Adam McQuaid.
Troi’s last penalty was for roughness.
He also received a roughing penalty on Mikhail Grabovski in the last five minutes of overtime, and he was not called for an illegal hit in the next three minutes.
The only penalty Troisi did get for his interference on McQuay was for a high check on Jake Guentzel, who made the save after McQuays was beaten in front of the net by the Isles defenseman.
Troitz is a veteran coach who has had to deal with the pressure of playing with one of the best goalies in the league and also playing in front the Isles captain.
He may have to wait a while before the coach is held accountable, but he is going to have to keep his head up if he wants to be able to keep coaching in the long run.
Trotz’s first year with Washington was an extremely successful one