This guy. (Photo: Doug Pensinger)
The Capitals kind of blew it on Saturday night. Easing off the metaphorical gas in the third period, they gave the Coyotes the opportunity to tie the game and end Washington’s winning streak. That was a disappointment and perhaps reason to lower expectations for Sunday night’s date with the Colorado Avalanche. The back half of back-to-back games, following an overtime loss, played in a city where it’s apparently hard to breathe or something: those are the excuses we might sling around to explain the Caps’ performance. Regardless, they definitely weren’t the better team on Sunday, and despite a good rally in the third period, this was pretty much all Avalanche, all the time.
Cody McLeod chipped up the puck up high to beat Braden Holtby in the first. Joel Ward crashed the net to tie it up in the second, but Nick Holden was like nu-uh and tied it back up 30 seconds later. The Capitals couldn’t score on a longer power play, and then P.A. Parenteau put the Avs up 3-1. Gabriel Landeskog got the dagger with under two minutes left.
Avalanche beat Caps 4-1.
It would’ve been really swell if the Caps won this game, but the Avs were just better all over. They were faster, they dealt with the bad ice better, they didn’t turn the puck over in neutral, and oh yeah they scored more too. They might be a better team than the Caps. I just shivered as I typed that.
Alright, gut check time. The upcoming schedule is scary. After the Blue Jackets, it goes like this: Red Wings, Blues, Penguins. The Caps have done everything right to escape that sluggish start, and now it’s time to prove what they’ve learned. Those teams aren’t schlubs, and without their very best hockey the Capitals could go winless in the next ten days.
Hey, I made it through this whole thing without libeling Semyon Varlamov!
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 11, 2013
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