Photo credit: Chris Carlson
Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings. Here’s Jonathan Coulton’s recap of the Caps road trip in California:
Marcus Johansson scored the night’s first goal, a 2-on-1 set up by Mike Knuble. Kyle Clifford got one past Tomas Vokoun on a rebound to tie it up. Anze Kopitar added to that late in the first period after Brooks Laich was pilfered. Jack freaking Johnson converted a 3-on-1 and then did the freaking Tebow move as if the world didn’t already suck. Then Stoll scored and our eyes started glazing over. Something else happened, but our eyelids were heavy. Johansson looked bored somehow scoring his second of the night. Kings beat Caps 5-2.
I’m not a religious guy, but I’ve read a few books. Here’s a few verses from Matthew:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Make of that what you will.
- Jason Chimera earned a roughing penalty for getting sucker-punched in the face by Willie Mitchell. Some fans said he dived. Jason Chimera doesn’t even dive at the pool; the water runs away from him. The two had a marathon fight in the third that captured the game’s frustration.
- Mike Knuble‘s assist on Mojo’s first goal was his first point since December 9th. That sounds like a long time ago, but Kanoobs only got like four cumulative minutes of ice time since then.
- It sucks to have a big night on a loss, but that’s what Marcus Johansson did. The baby Swede scored the bookends. He had scored 1 goal in the 25 previous games.
- John Carlson had a stinker on Saturday and continued it on Monday. Mostly matched against Kings’ top line along with Karl Alzner, the pair were again trumped– seeing three goals against. These guys are still very young, but they’re getting big-boy minutes (21:54 and 17:36). How long will Dale Hunter let that continue if they keep struggling?
- Tomas Vokoun served well in the last two weeks, but he was a factor in allowing the least offensive team in the league to strike 4 times. Michal Neuvirth served the final frame, and isn’t he just adorable making superhuman poke check saves to stop breakaways?
- We spent the whole game trying to figure out what band gives Caps writer Mike Vogel hives. That was way more entertaining than the game. I still think it’s Poison.
- This is your Alex Semin penalty bullet. Yawn.
- How badly do the Caps miss Mike Green (groin) and Nick Backstrom (Dave Steckel)?
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Kings are the caboose of the NHL when it comes to goals per game. They weren’t supposed to score at all, but the Caps are just plain discombobulated on the road. Anze Kopitar snapped his drought, and the rest of the non-scoring Kings did the same.
Don’t think this was just a scoreboard thing. L.A. vastly outplayed D.C. in all facets, owning the puck with a plus-20 Corsi. An awful end to an awful road trip by an awful road team. (Next four games are at home…)
Two standings points were drastically needed in Cali– particularly while the Eastern conference is constricting. But the Caps played listless, miserable hockey. Even down three goals in the third, the Capitals couldn’t be bothered to even shoot a puck on net for long stretches.
We’ve got the Penguins on Wednesday. They’re not the Penguins you remember though; they’re banged up as bad as any team in the league– missing 3 of their 4 best offensive players. Should be a… well, I dunno. A hockey game?
Video highlights from Caps at Kings: