Look at these idiots. (Photo credit: Derek Leung)
Utterly stunning as it may be, the Washington Capitals came into Saturday’s late night bout against Calgary on a three game winning streak after a pair of 4-1 victories and shootout nail biter in Winnipeg. With a newly even record, the Caps looked to put themselves above .500 for the first time this year with a win against the lowly Flames. They didn’t.
Kris Russell scored just over a minute into the game after a horrid opening shift for the Caps. It didn’t get better. Jiri Hudler put the Flames up by two with some net crashing. Jason Chimera got one back for the Caps on a nice backhand shot in front. Mike Cammalleri, though, just continued the bloodletting. Holtby pulled, Holtby mad. In the second, the Caps were better. Aaron Volpatti‘s muffled wrister found the back of the net to put them within one heading into the final frame. That period was stupid. Cammalleri potted another. Curtis Glencross added one more. Flames drop Caps 5-2.
“Volpatti from Schmidt” is as sublime a #Caps scoring play as you will see.
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) October 27, 2013
After their horrid, vile, no good, very bad start, the Capitals got to .500. They couldn’t stay here. Their defense was God awful early in the game before evening out at the match went on. Sound familiar? The team is treading water because they haven’t played a single good team all year. The Caps have some inherent roster issues on the blueline, but their play shouldn’t be this bad. And because Washington scores literally all of the goals, it doesn’t have to be great — just not a pathetic embarrassment.
It’s almost November. The Caps need to start playing passible defense before it’s too late. How they do that, I don’t know.
The Caps are finally getting out of Alberta — which, oddly enough, is a real place — and heading to lovely Vancouver for a Monday matchup against Bobby Lou’s Canucks. Peter will be back for that one, probably falling flat on his face sometime around 1 AM.
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