Photo credit: @matt71royer
We learned a week ago that Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee can get quite animated during games. During the third period of Game Seven, McPhee’s emotions boiled over late while the Caps power play sputtered.
The Capitals trailed from the onset, but they suffered what seemed to be a death blow when Michael Del Zotto rifled a shot past Braden Holtby to put the Rangers up 2-0 with 9:55 to go in the final frame. A goal from Roman Hamrilk gave the team life just 38 seconds later, and then the Capitals got a gift: Ruslan Fedotenko‘s delay-of-game penalty.
But instead of converting the man advantage, the Caps squandered it in an embarrassing fashion, setting up shorthanded chances for the Rangers and spending most of their time stuck in their own zone. The low point was when one of the Caps attempted a dangerous no-look pass that nearly ended up in their own net.
CBC caught McPhee in the rafters watching the mess. He was — uh — unhappy.
Huge thanks to @canada_gill for hooking us up with the video.
Frankly, I love the passion here. McPhee rarely lets his guard down, but this video shows he’s just like us: a slave to the excruciating anxiety of watching your team lose. Whatever GMGM is saying here, I was probably yelling the same things at my TV at home.
It was hard for us to watch this loss. Seems like it’s exactly the same for the players, coaches, and staff.
Way to go, guys. Great season. We’ll get ’em next year.