Matt Hendricks makes sure Gregory Campbell remembers to never mess with #8 again. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)
In the first of their two games with the Boston Bruins, the Capitals continued to express the manifold problems plaguing the team in this still-new season. With an inert offense, a struggling defense, and an impotent power play, it’s no wonder that the Bruins left Verizon Center with a 3-1 win. At least the Caps can trumpet their flawless penalty kill unit.
David Krecji, Milian Lucic, and Matt Hunwick scored Boston’s goals tonight. Washington answered with only one, Ikea-bred rookie Marcus Johansson’s first as an NHL player. Of the Capitals 36 shots on net, it seemed most of which were targeted squarely at the bulk of Boston goalie Tim Thomas. We’ve been told that the goals will come, and we’re still waiting. Bruins beat Caps 3-1.
Before this descends into full-on grumpytime… let’s do the bullets.
Even though they’ve lost only two games, the Capitals are struggling. The forwards on every line have failed to “click”. The power play looks at times statuesque. I don’t doubt that the boys have the same thirst for goalie blood they showed so well last year, but it’s not manifesting on the scoreboard. We can rationalize and console ourselves by counting shots on goal or congratulating the penalty killers, but those are just distractions.
The Caps chemistry has changed. Maybe it’s injuries (we hope so), or maybe they’re still getting the summer kinks out. Maybe it’s the roster. Regardless, it’s hard to look at these early season games and not reach a conclusion: the ’10-’11 Capitals have lost last year’s killer instinct .
Check back on Thursday night when I will be thoroughly, completely, and happily proven wrong.
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