Photo: Jonathan Hayward
Man, it is late. Are you awake? Okay, just stick with me for a minute and then you can go to bed.
It’s been a long, tough road trip for the Capitals. Western Canada has been mostly forgiving to the team’s softer features (e.g. like everything that happens in their end of the ice), but the Caps needed a win over Vancouver in this final game to get back to .500 on the season. The thing about wins, though, is they require your team to score more goals than the other team.
Zack Kassian beat the Caps 4th line to a loose puck and scored the game’s first goal. Jason Chimera knotted the score a bit later with a Kanooblian goal up in Luongo’s face. After a scoreless second period, Jason Chimera dived to feed Mikhail Grabovski on the go-ahead goal. Ryan Kesler nullified the lead soon after with a lay-up on a loose puck, and then Daniel Sedin put the Canucks up after a lengthy O-zone occupation against the Caps top line.
Canucks beat Caps 3-2.
When I think about where this game went wrong, I keep coming to the conclusion that Capitals’ decision not to play offense was a contributing factor. Without offense, an Algonquin word meaning oh for eff’s sake it’s game 12 get it together, the Caps probably didn’t have a sporting chance. That’s not me trashing the Caps forwards, though there is blame to be distributed there (where was Ovi tonight?). Mostly, it appears to me that Washington’s problems start in their own end.
No, I’m not going to talk about John Tortorella’s coaching style because I hate it and him and right now I hate you too.
I’m sorry. It’s late.
It’s the end of October and the Caps are two games under .500. The Caps defense needs an overhaul or a rebuild or a CPU overclock or I dunno what.
At least Alex Ovechkin got the night off.
Personal note: My friend Crystal is a great doggy mother, but her pup Bastian got hurt real bad the other night. Bastian had to have an amputation, and the bills are staggering. Crystal is doing the right thing in taking care of her pup, but she could use some help. If you’re a dog lover or just have a big heart, please consider donating to Bastian’s medical bills. Thanks.
We’re off until Friday, when the Caps will
host visit the Flyers. The Flyers are still awful, right?
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