Beagle is out of the doghouse do you get it doghouse his last name is a breed of dog. (Photo: Patrick Smith)
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you have a relaxing day full of casual conversation and limited stress? Weird, the Caps did the same thing on Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Showing no signs of fixing their endemic and fairly obvious problems, the Caps gave away the lead with a slow start, allowed a goal right after they scored, and still got a W. How about that?
Danny Briere got denied on a wraparound attempt but forced it through Holtby’s five-hole for the only goal of the first period. Mikhail Grabovski cut Peter Budaj’s purse in the second and alleyed Eric Fehr’s oop to tie the game, but Tomas Plekanec tied it up less than two minutes later on an odd-man rush. With 5:27 left in the third, Eric Fehr set up Mikhail Grabovski for a big big big tying goal.
Into overtime we came and went. You know what’s next, right?
Caps beat Habs 3-2 in the shootout! Losing Streak OVAR!
Everytime Grabo does something awesome, let’s remember McPhee was the guy who got him over the summer. He did three awesome things tonight.
Alright. So the Caps seem to be in a bit of a rut. They haven’t won a game outright since November 17th. If the Metropolitan weren’t the meh-tropolitan, the Caps wouldn’t be in sole possession of 2nd place.
But it is, and they are. And we consider that a gift. Thank you.
With that gift, the Caps have the opportunity to fix their ailing parts– their defense, their slow starts, their shifts following goals– and enhance the stuff that is working– the power play (kinda), the whatever-line-Grabo-is-on, the Ovi. The problems aren’t all that mysterious, and the team is staffed by smart dudes who I hope can make the right calls.
So, uhhh. Maybe get on that? Maybe kinda quick since the Caps are headed to Long Island tomorrow night?
Hope you guys had a happy Thanksgiving!
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