Caps' inexplicable Dallas drought continues

Chris Lingebach
January 06, 2019 - 3:46 pm

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Entering Friday's game against the Stars, the Capitals had not earned a regulation win in Dallas since 1995, the most curious drought that doesn't seem attached to any reason.

"I know in other places that I've played," Devante Smith-Pelly told Grant & Danny during his weekly appearance, presented by F.H. Furr, "there's been rinks where guys are like, 'I've never won here,' or, 'we always get smoked here.'"

But even Smith-Pelly couldn't put his finger on a reason for the Caps' bizarre inability to get it done in Dallas, a stat that spans 23 years, multiple arenas and four presidencies.

"Not really sure how we would be able to fix it," he said. "You just gotta kind of go play and obviously not really worry about the stats as they were in previous times there."

Washington's last regulation win in Dallas came on Oct. 17, 1995 at Reunion Arena. It was Jim Carey in net for Washington, who stopped 24 of 27 shots to preserve the 4-3 win. Mike Eagles, Dale Hunter, Mark Tinordi and Stefan Ustorf were the Caps' goal scorers in the effort. Greg Adams, Dave Gagner and Mike Kennedy combined for three Dallas goals.

The Capitals continued the peculiar trend on Friday, falling 2-1 to the Stars at American Airlines Center. In overtime, for good measure.

The Caps won't get another shot at it until next season.

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