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It has been eleven long days since the Capitals won a game.  We’ve had like three or four completely different seasons of weather since the last time they added a point to the standings and after a sparsely attended sixty minutes in snowy Washington, D.C., that streak is gonna get even longer. You’ll be planting succulents and buying beach towels before these guys win again.

Skip this paragraph. After a scoreless first, Kyle Turris got past Karl Alzner and beat Holtby to put the Senators up 1-0. Jason Spezza scored a powerplay marker in the third while Erat was in the box.

That’s it. The Ottawa Senators beat the Caps 2-0. A shutout. That’s six straight losses for the Capitals.

You look like you need a baby hippo hug. Here’s a baby hippo hug.

hippo cuddle

Better? No? Me neither.

  • Let’s start with the metaphorical elephant in the press box. John Erskine was scratched. I know. I know. I’m scared too. Nate Schmidt took his spot.
  • Also scratched: Alex Ovechkin, who is ailing after sustaining a lower-body injury in Manhattan. This turned out to be a material factor in the defeat.
  • Mikhail Grabovski probably had no idea losing the puck behind the Ottawa net would lead to the Turris goal. Karl Alzner doesn’t have such an excuse as he kind of overcommitted, basically giving Turris a two on one. Very unlike him.

  • That was unfortunate for Braden Holtby, who was pretty solid in his not-so-triumphant return as a starting netminder in Verizon Center. With Philipp Grubauer back in Hershey, this was Holtby’s opportunity to re-establish himself as The Dude in Net Upon Whom Other Dudes Rely (other nickname ideas welcomed). Holtby beat back all but one of many odd-man rushes and he surrendered a powerplay goal. Kind of reasonable, though with the Caps scoring NEVER, the team needed a better-than-perfect goalie to win. Holtby’s numbers (and aggressive positioning) looked good, but they weren’t better-than-perfect. So no W.
  • What does the Caps powerplay look like without Ovi’s shot from the Ovi spot? Astonishingly weak. The Caps got a bunch of zone time on their four (4) (FOUR) opportunities, but converted them into neither a bunch of shots nor a single goal. Eric Fehr, who rules, occupied Ovechkin’s side of the ice for a while. Later, Connor Carrick held down the spot. Not in love with that second one.
  • Does anyone care about puck possession anymore? Is it just me? Well, I’m just gonna write it here and you can skip it if you want. The Caps kept pace until the third, when it became evident they were not gonna pull this one out.
  • Martin Erat was whistled three times in New York on Sunday. Whatever you thought of those, his hook tonight was a good one. Trying to catch up to the odd-man rush (yes, another), Erat got just enough stick on the play to defuse the scoring chance. A smart move, but Jason Spezza converted on the resulting power play anyway.
  • Mikhail Grabovski got a clean hit on Zack Smith, but apparently the NHL is filled with offended southern gentlemen who demand satisfaction at every turn. Two Senators mugged him, so Grabo got the claws out. And this time, I’m almost actually being literal. Grabo scratched at Smith’s face, which I suppose is what earned him the 10-minute misconduct call that ended his night. #GraboCares
Joe B suit of the night

Joe B suit of the night

No sugarcoat. This is bad. The team can’t put the biscuit in the basket, and a basket without biscuits is a bad basket. This losing streak is probably enough to imperil the Caps’ chances at a postseason.

Plus, Alex Ovechkin’s injury did the team no favors, and it just further bolsters a pet hypothesis I’d rather see disproven.

One month ago:

While Adam Oates has done a commendable job getting Alex Ovechkin to bloom again, the rest of the garden needs tending.

Here’s the part where I double down. While the Caps are ice cold, they’re really not playing bad hockey in neutral. Between the blues, the Caps are probably better than they have been at any other point this season. And while these losses are demoralizing, the flatlined team shooting percentage that is causing them is destined to reverse.

This team is going to get better. We’re all cranky little butts right now, but we should know that they’re gonna get better– not as an article of faith, but as the careful conclusion of attentive fans.

You can jump ship now. I won’t blame you if you do. Not everyone is cut out for #DCsprots fandom.

But I’ll tell you this: it’s worth it to weather the rough stuff. And if you stick around, we’ll be right here, sticking with you.

  • Freedoooom

    Offense ran through Backstrom tonight.

  • Jack Conness

    I give up. No more ranting. I have nothing to say anymore. Spring Training starts in 35 days and that is the only thing in sports I can look forward to.

  • Chris Cerullo

    So………… that happened. Again.

  • Bethesdaist

    UNLEASH THE FUTILITY!

  • Jack Conness

    Exactly. There are no words for how we feel anymore.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    I think you mean the offense ran through no one tonight.

  • Freedoooom

    I’d say Green was pretty damn good and well deserving of the Caps player of the game, but whatever Carrick will continue to cost the Capitals and Oates won’t care.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Good teams will put together more winning streaks than losing streaks. Bad teams get mired in losing streak after losing streak. Eeking by with special teams and shoot out wins isn’t a good system.

  • Matt Lauer

    They beat themselves tonight, you know. Bad timing reads and generally inaccurate passing, as always. And why is it that every teams just seems to glide effortlessly right into our zone, while we have to wage trench warfare for every freaking inch past the defensive blue line? The answer is footspeed. We ain’t got it.

  • Jack Conness

    Player of the Game goes to Alex Ovechkin. We see how bad we are without him.

  • Michael Reschly

    > Later, Connor Carrick held down the spot.

    I didn’t watch the game, so I’m assuming this is a joke. Right? I’d accept about any right-handed wing, or even whichever of (52/74/81) is right-handed. Does Carrick make any sense there?

  • Alex Hughes

    I don’t know personally I didn’t like the first goal Braden let in. Yes I know he was screened and all but you think he could have gone down to the butterfly, instead of just falling over when the biscuit was put in the basket. Tonight for most of game, especially the third period, it didn’t look like the team had any urgency. We have got to get guys to the front of the net and actually make the goalie work to see the puck. I’m still not in panic mode and I’m just glad we finally benched John Erskine. If only we could send back down Carrick but no one could replace him because Oleksy just got cut and Kundratek is hurt. Patrick Wey anybody? The Capitals will get this turned around….I hope.

  • sean

    I want to believe but when Joel Ward (and I like him as a player) is second in goals on the team, there are MAJOR problems. This team has one pure goal scorer and that is definitely not going to be enough…

  • Rob W.

    This team is in Titanic mode and the ship is sinking. Completely embarrassing effort for a must win game. Im tired of these games where we make goalies look all-universe and ours look like Rick Dipietro. It must be nice as a goalie to face us, shots to the gut all game and no one screening you. If only we had more than one guy on this team that could shoot the puck with some sort of accuracy

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    yey for fenwick
    /hates self

  • James Desautels

    Another very subpar effort. I feel the same way watching games now as i typically do during fall Sundays, or autumn if you will, usually between the hours of 1-4pm.

  • Jack Conness

    I thought Holtby looked just fine. That 1st goal was tough. Nothing he could of done on the 2nd goal either. There is no offense. No fire. No anything. And Patrick Wey definitely isn’t the answer.

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Jesus – this type of delusiuonal analysis is part of the reason this fucking franchise wins nothing, yet people still show up. This has been coming for weeks. It’s over. Root for an 0-5 roadie so we can boot McPhee & Oates out of here.

  • http://twitter.com/1bscarbro Benjamin Scarbro

    This comment is simply to prove I’m still here.

  • Jack Conness

    Totally agree. While we might be putting more shots on net, they are awful shot attempts. Very few are even challenging.

  • Matt Lauer

    I started screaming the seventh or eighth time Carlson sent a glorious opportunity screaming a country mile wide of the upper corners.

  • JakeDubber

    We’re all here, in one form or another. The Caps, however….

  • James Desautels

    Not at all. There was an entire PP tonight during which our best PP Dman (52) didnt even touch ice. If he wants to try new things how bout Orlov getting PP looks? Oates is giving us the old Shanny effort right now.

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Crop the Stanley cup out of your avatar. You’re not going to see it here.

  • Alex Hughes

    Yeah Patrick Wey isn’t the answer, I just don’t like the way Carrick is playing and I don’t know, I think we should play Neuvirth more he has played pretty well in his last two starts

  • JakeDubber

    Don’t feel bad. The Faithful will still show, regardless of the team’s dubious line changes or mind-boggling roster changes. (Oleksy, anyone?)

    Something’s gotta give, and maybe something that’s been here for over 17 years will be the only thing that will stop the mediocrity

  • Alex Hughes

    Yes Peter, I needed the baby hippo hug

  • JakeDubber

    Agreed… I Laich Ward (see what I did thar???) but you’re absolutely right. This team is riddled with talent, and we’re using exactly 0% of it.

  • Kelly Johnston

    Sorry, but you are full of feline fecal matter. Caps are DONE. Put a fork in ‘em.

  • OOFtheregoesmypride

    Plan A is “Get Ovi the puck, and he’ll probably score.” There is no plan B and it showed tonight. Depth was a huge strength for us until GMGM dismantled the team, giving away much of our talent for basically nothing. So disgusted right now, though I’m not jumping ship. I might just cry in a corner for a bit…

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Thanks for commenting.

  • JenniferH

    I have no intention of jumping ship so I”ll be around, the low points will make the high points (which will come!) all the sweeter! I obviously would have preferred to win, sigh, but clearly we’re missing some piece or two to make this click, turn-around, come together, but it will come. It will happen. In the meantime, we always have each other.

  • Jack Conness

    I’ll join you in the corner.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    You’re wrong, impolite, insubstantial, and relying on two bad metaphors in one comment.

  • Matt Lauer

    I’m not jumping ship, because when they finally finish amputating all of Kuzya’s shoulders and knees, we’ll have an above-average offensive player to add to the roster!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    > Plan A is “Get Ovi the puck, and he’ll probably score.”

    That’s actually not true. http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2014/01/06/halfway-the-caps-arent-a-cup-contender-now-but-they-could-be-soon/

  • Jack Conness

    Burned.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Hahaha. Oh good, the gallow’s humor is here.

  • JakeDubber

    This is absolutely true. Who gets fed the puck more than Ovechkin?

  • JakeDubber

    We’re missing more than a piece or two. We’re trying to fit pieces into the wrong puzzle altogether

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
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  • Daniel Walker

    Blaine Forsythe looked great in his suit tonight & Mike Green got a free dinner at The Palm. All in all, tonight was win.

  • Golly Girl

    Thanks, Peter, for the great posts, even if the subject is as crappy as the Caps game tonight. You slayed me with the “bad basket” line … & the Binky appreciation today rocked!

  • H70

    Pain. I’m not sure if it’s hurting more or less as it goes on.

  • Abhi

    Looks like the time of season to roll this out again: http://i.imgur.com/gD1tFPY.png

  • BrazGoalie

    I still have hope…
    But it will soon go away :p

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Sigh. Yup.

  • Myan

    Was #DCsprots a typo or intentional? I can’t tell anymore.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    ;)

  • Vince Constantino

    As long as there’s whiskey in the world I’ll never stop routing for the Caps.

  • Thomas Martin

    It may be 3am here in the UK but I’m still going to be up annoying all the neighbours making too much noise when (if) the Caps score and hoping that they can turn things around soon even if it is starting to look like I’m a bit crazy…

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Thank you!

  • Alex Hughes

    People you do realize that there is still the end of January, parts of February, March, and April for the Caps to win games. Don’t be jumping the ship because there has been a disappointing and long losing streak. These things happen during the regular season.

  • JakeDubber

    #Community inside jokes. Not like this team isn’t jokes though

  • Michael Reschly

    The year of The winter classic we had a seven game losing street, right? And win the East (regular season), right? Without making any major lineup changes mid-season?

    Is the current situation any different?

  • Boush

    Whatever, I’m chalking this game down as a win solely because Erskine was healthy and not on the ice. I’m choosing to actively ignore a) all the special teams time Carrick has been getting despite showing zero ability in this second call up to handle hardly any time at all, 2) Chimera being a second line player, and D of all) the losing streak.

  • Jimmie

    I won’t jump ship, but I’d sure as heck like to know what kind of team I’m rooting for. Are the Capitals a high-flying, run-and-gun, rack up the goals team? A grind it out, win a tight game team? A team that thrives on pretty goals or greasy goals? A team with personality or the Pittsburgh Penguins?

    I have no clue what this team’s identity is. I don’t know what Caps Hockey is. I don’t know who the leaders are. The guys who wear the C and the As don’t seem to be much for rallying their team to play better and I don’t see anyone else who could do better. Year after year, GMGM ditches guys who *could* be leaders or who could teach the “young guns” how to be solid veterans (Bradley, Perreault, Steckel, Knuble, Arnott) and replaces them with…I don’t know.

    I love rooting for the Caps. I just don’t know who I’m rooting for.

  • Seth Malaguerra

    Caps got some lucky breaks through the first half of the season, and had a better record than they really deserved. Caps have gotten no breaks through the last dozen games, probably have a worse record than they deserve. But as a whole this season, they’ve played some unspectacular hockey and 22-19-8 is about right as far as record vs. performance goes.

  • JakeDubber

    Yeah didn’t we have that losing streak at the very beginning of the season? Not almost 2/3 through it following 2 prior 4-game losing streaks?

  • Rob W.

    watching the second sens goal i thought to myself, man i wish we had a guy besides ovi who could bury that shot. It seams like every shot is either right in the legs of a guy or right in the crest of the jersey

  • Rob W.

    the schedule only gets harder though

  • Boush

    If anybody is in Pittsburgh this weekend for no reason and is just wandering around aimlessly wondering Why God Why, you’re invited to come watch 24/7 Caps-Pens on DVD and drink dark liquor with me.

  • CapsCast

    ‘The Dude in net upon whom other dudes rely.’ Great line, well done.

  • JakeDubber

    Well., at least we know now what the Rangers game would have looked like without Ovechkin

  • Matthew Kory

    I’ve been a Caps fan since before they traded Scott Stevens (good move, that) so one lousy losing streak isn’t going to change anything. Except that whole making the playoffs thing. That it’ll change.

    I agree with Peter’s analysis. I think this team is better than they’ve shown recently. But the trade deadline terrifies me. Are they going to do something stupid to try to fortify a sinking ship, if I can mix my metaphors along with this drink? Or are they going to do nothing? I’m not sure which I’m more afraid of.

  • JakeDubber

    Those are some dark, dark wins for our team. It bodes more darkness to come. The darkestest timeline?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Nailed it.

  • Sam B

    It’s not the last 6…it’s 15 of the last 17. Not acceptable in any way. I’ve been trying to stay positive but the absolutely lack of anything resembling passion out there makes me realize this team needs some sort of major change.

  • Sarahtwigg

    You guys…we’re what? 2 points out of playoffs? And there’s like two months to fix everything. We’re fine. No we aren’t. But this is far from apocalyptic.

  • Boush

    I’m opting to believe it was intentional. Speaks much more to reality, where nothing goes quite right.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    “I’d sure as heck like to know what kind of team I’m rooting for.”

    Ditto. After three years of fun-and-gun, and two years of a trap, the Caps are now one of those other teams without any strong style. Bummer.

  • Matt McNeely

    It was 8 games. But yes, that happened. The current situation feels somewhat less hopeful than it did then, though.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    I got a feeling we will be lucky to keep Grabo after this season, as is the tradition of guys GMGM brings in on one year deals.

    I guess they will give another big raise to some guy like Erskine.

  • Sam B.

    At this point I’d like to see them overhaul and play for next year. The constant mediocrity since they President’s Trophy is past rooting for. There are no more ‘young guns’.

  • Matt Lauer

    No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

  • JessHughes

    Still love the Caps, hate the way they are playing…is it possible to have a negative shooting percentage? I know the Corsi and Fenwick numbers are trending upwards, but all the shot attempts in the world don’t matter if none of them go in the bleeping net. Is the Caps PDO below .800 yet? At least the snow shined like diamonds while walking my extremely cute puppy tonight (not quite as cute as baby hippo hugs, though).

  • Tyler

    To be honest, I will probably stick around here because I have thoroughly enjoyed lurking around here. You guys have taught me everything i know about hockey and have kept me entertained in the process!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Eight games: http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2010/12/20/anatomy-of-a-losing-streak/

    The Caps switched to a trap defense after that, which is what ruined the franchse’s championship potential in my opinion.

    These Caps aren’t Cup contenders, but it’s still not a good idea to change everything based on two weeks of bad percentages.

  • JakeDubber

    We’ll talk in a month and see if we both share the same optimistic outlook.

  • Stardawg

    I don’t think we have anything to worry about. Ciccarelli’s been playing great lately plus Ridley and Miller have been fantastic on the PK

  • Jimmie

    Where’s our greasy guy who gets goals? I look at a team like the Bruins and I know I’d kill to have a guy like Marchand or Bergeron or Krejci on the team. We have guys who could be like those guys — Laich, Brouwer, Ward — but just aren’t (and increasingly it appears they never will be).

    I hate having way more questions than answers here.

  • Matthew Kory

    Edit: the Caps didn’t trade Stevens, they let him leave via a primitive form of free agency. My hockey memory is like my regular memory: lousy.

  • JakeDubber

    Whatever, I’m two drinks in and no signs of stopping.

  • Guest

    Yeah, but the problem (as you point out in that post) is that the other guys who are shooting just are not scoring. It’s well and good to say Ovi is “sharing the puck” more often (although he still has literally double the SOG of any other teammate, and three times as many goals…), but unless that results in the rest of the team actually scoring, it’s fairly meaningless — or rather, it means that the go-to is still “Get Ovi the puck, and he’ll probably score.”

  • ACN

    Man, you’re still salty that Japers Rink got tired of your ass and banned you, huh? Sadder still that you feel the need to spray your usual brand of assholery all over another great Caps website.

  • Owen Johnson

    Ugh. At no point in this game did I think the Caps were gonna score. Holtby was ok, but slightly less than HoltBeastly. Which, when your team doesn’t score results in a loss. I usually feel that playing without Ovechkin can be good for this team in short spurts (I mean look at earlier this season. 7-0 over Philly), but tonight, they just looked pathetic.
    This sucks pretty damn bad, but it is all uphill from here. They’ll bounce back with some good games. Unfortunately, it may not be enough to make the playoffs.

  • Owen Johnson

    Have a seat for a second. Look it, I have never seen a bunch of guys look so fucking down when something bad happens. What are you guys? Like prima donna perfect that if you can’t fuckin’ handle adversity? So shit’s not going right. It’s not fucken’ working the last ten days. Fucking get your heads out of your ass and fucking make it work by outworking the opposition. You kill two fucking men, and then we stand around and watch while they fucking score here. Fucking yous come to the bench like fuckin’ this and when the power play it’s not working so you’re trying to stick handle, you’re looking like this and not standing. Outwork the fucking guys! If you want it, don’t just think you want it. Go out and fucking want it. But you’re not looking like you want it, you look like you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And nobody fucking wants anybody that’s feeling sorry for themselves. You got 20 fucking minutes. You’re down by one fucking shot. Surely to fuck we can deal with this.

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    DP was a solid goalie, he was just made of glass… Rather unfortunate. If you wanted I can make the argument that he is basically the Ken Griffey Jr. of goalies. Out of this world talent, but very unlucky.

    Secondly Holtby had some good saves and 2 GA is not terrible, the issue falls on the fact that Connor Carrick is playing in a Caps sweater. The D is horrendous, we need to trick Nonis into giving us Phaneuf or something… Something.

  • Graham Dumas

    I believe this visual works on multiple levels for this team right now:

    http://www.moviespack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/NeverSayNeverAgain.jpg

  • Ash

    Still here. Still think the Caps can turn it around, though I hope it’s before they damage their chances irreparably. Still grateful RMNB does their best to make these recaps and posts funny and informative. You guys rock.

    Caps are my team. Even when they drive me batshit insane and disappoint me, they’ve given me a lot of pleasure in my life, and no matter how badly they do now, they can’t take that past enjoyment away, and I’m confident there will be stuff for me to enjoy in the future.

  • Owen Johnson

    “Another very subpar effort.”
    That was generous
    “I feel the same way watching games now as i typically do during fall Sundays, or autumn if you will”
    Now now. I have faith that, no matter how sorry the Caps play, I can feel okay about financially supporting them since their not run by Kim Jong-Dan
    “usually between the hours of 1-4pm.”
    Didn’t they play most of their games in primetime this year?

  • Owen Johnson

    Yeah but how many of ours were from the outside from far out with Anderson seeing them the whole way? How many of theirs were odd man breaks?

  • Owen Johnson

    On the (not so) bright side, I can no longer say that I’ve been in attendance for 100% of the times the Caps got shutout. See guys?! It’s NOT my fault!

  • Heidi

    The most exciting part of this game was my commute home.

  • Myan

    BRUCEEEEEE!!!! COME BACK!

  • nicoley-poley

    Am I the only one thinking that it might be time to sacrifice another rubber cow?

  • sgm

    I love RMNB (in a lurking kind of way) and I applaud your optimism. Not sure I’m feeling it though.

  • Jason W.

    Everyone seems to be ripping on Carrick but I think he has shown at least SOME offensive skill when going forward…it hasn’t seemed like its as awful as some people make it sound.

  • Mike Pette

    Best. Comment. Ever.

  • Bryant Thomas

    He’s on the fourth line, not wearing the number 10 :(

  • gustafsson16

    Small victories within the loss:
    -Erskine on nacho kill for 3 periods
    -defense with a not completely (insert favorite expletive here) performance from 1-6. Alzner would’ve liked the first one back but hey, he’s been the only marginally passable D to this point so Ill award a mulligan.

    Um, that’s all I’ve got. Missed #8 (duh) but the other scrubs need to score. How many goals does our #2 person have? Good grief…

  • VeggieTart

    Holtby with a .923 SV% for the game. At least HE tried to give the team a chance to win, but he can’t score goals.

  • Stardawg

    I nominate Owen Johnson to replace Oates

  • VeggieTart

    Erskine’s contract is up in 2015. if they give him an extension, I’m burning GMGM in effigy.

  • Eric Schulz

    No sugarcoat. This is bad. The team can’t put the biscuit in the basket, and a basket without biscuits is a bad basket.
    Excellent turn of phase.

  • Eric Schulz

    Also… Erat *should’ve* been called for a high-stick also, don’t forget. He’s not a bad player, it’s just a huge, huge relief to me that we aren’t overpaying him, because if we were, then we’d have, like, the least cap room in the league. Also, I wouldn’t give up the 2nd best player in a draft for him, but at least we didn’t… I hate GMGM.

  • Eric Schulz

    Goddamn it, Peter, it’s YOUR FAULT this team sucks. The blame falls SQUARELY on your shoulders, and I, for one, am tired of your shit!

  • Eric Schulz

    Considering we haven’t played Holtby enough, no. I mean, yes, I can see asking for Neuvirth to play a bit more, he needs it too, but not as much as Holtby. Grubauer screwed up their rotation… so, let Holtby play a few and get back in the saddle.

  • gustafsson16

    Absolutely. Kept them in the game which is all we can ask. I’m glad to see line shakeups to try and generate scoring but a lot more shaking (and effort) is required.

  • RESmith

    After that 2nd goal, I was pining once again “Please, PLEASE, let me wake up tomorrow and hear that the Caps traded for a top 4 defensive defenseman!” Of course, with the way things are going, I’m not so sure that will be much help either.”

  • RESmith

    To echo what Rob W. said, the schedule after the Olympic break is brutal. Not saying that it can’t happen, but the odds are stacked against us.

  • JJ

    I dont think to many people that read your blog will be jumping ship, but I do think a lot of devoted fans will begin to lose the excitement that defines our fan base

  • Eric

    ain’t it sad that it still happens, no matter who the coach is, grow the fuck up guys

  • RESmith

    I agree, Peter, that the team is starting to play better 5v5, (slightly, not much.) However, like the early days of Hunter’s tenure as coach, they are playing so tight and thinking the game more than playing it that, even though the might be making less mistakes, the ones they do make tend to be major gaffes and even more magnified, ie Alzner’s pinch that lead to Turris’ goal.

    I almost wish someone had a isolated camera on Oates’ face during the game and would take count of how many eye rolls or frowns he had every time the Caps yet again tried for the heroic but low percentage play over just making the simple one. In that sense, I’m not all that confident that this lot of players is capable of hearing his message.

  • dylan wheatley

    this is literally the best

  • Shaun Phillips

    Already have succulents in the garden. Can they get a point now? I’m not picky, I’ll take just a single point.

  • Diller M

    Leonsis mentioned this in his blog on Monday, and I think it speaks to some of the problems with this team. They want to be “harder to play against” what does that even mean? When the Caps were scoring 4.5 goals per game, that was a hard team to play against. Having John Erskine and Brooks Laich in your line up does not make you hard to play against. We want to have a tough identity but how about focusing on obtaining players who can play hockey! Perhaps some guys who can shoot above 5%, Ovi obviously not included.

    I am right with you on the lack of identity. We have the foundation for a skilled team, lets get back in that direction, and since we now have some stability in net (Holtby) we can actually get back to winning more than we loose.

    Not as positive as usual, but I’m not sure I have positive in me right now…

  • Golly Girl

    Do we think that we’ve paid our karmic debt yet, for the lucky breaks at the beginning? That sure would be great!

  • ErskSMASH

    once again, ya cant pass up to rag on ersk who was a healthy scratch… well done… carrick and schmidt are clearly better tho

  • Hockey mom

    I’m still here, too, but definitely crab assed about Oleksy being let go…I still think he’s better than a lot of the other guys we keep around.

  • Diller M

    Here is my grand question that I continue to struggle with is, if the Caps pull a 2012 Kings and get in as an 8 seed to win the cup, will we still call for GMGM and AO to be fired? I would love to read some comment boards from the Kings 2011-2012 regular season.

  • Diller M

    That’s JMU depth right there

  • Rhino40

    A team with personality or the Pittsburgh Penguins?
    Good one!

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Brucey come back, any kind of fool could see
    There was something in everything about you
    Brucey come back, you can blame it all on me
    I was wrong and I just can’t live without you

  • Hockey mom

    I agree! I can live with a team that isn’t the SC champs, but they have to heart, give it their all every time and fight to the death sort of thing, you know? I think that’s really all we can ask for. So many of our guys seem numb right now…paralyzed by the expectation (and now desperation) to win, maybe confused about what exactly they are supposed to be doing and have a general lack of confidence across the board.

    I think back to late last season and things were really coming together and thought if we can keep this group together they had a chance to be a lot better this year. At this point in time, we are down 5 of those players (Hillen to injury, but these four are all the Caps doing, undoing, not doing–take your pick–Oleksy, Ribiero, Perrault and Hendricks. And what have we truly gained? We have Grabo (who I think really brings it, but we haven’t capitalized on yet), Wilson (who still has a lot learn and is hardly played), Orlov (who gets burned as often he makes a good play), Carrick (who still needs some work and in my biased opinion is not better than Oleksy at this point in time) and Scmidt (who seems to show a lot of promise).

    I’m not really sure what I’m getting at…but it just seems like we had a good thing going and now we don’t…or don’t know what to do with what we have.

  • Matt Mendelsohn

    Mike Knuble retired.

  • Rhino40

    we need to trick Nonis into giving us Phaneuf or something…

    As much as I have always wanted to see Dion Rocking The Red, I have recently resigned myself to the fact that it’s probably never going to happen: Nonis did, after all, just ink Phaneuf to a contract extension that basically makes him a Leaf forever.

    Then again, we can probably count on GMGM to trade one or more great prospects for him, at which point his contract will turn into a complete albatross…

    Sorry I’m being grumpy–it just seems like we now Officially Can’t Beat Anyone Anymore: Every random opposing goaltender seems to comes up aces on shot after shot; every random bounce seems to land directly on an opponent’s tape, the refs hate us, etc.

    Why does God seemingly hate this team? On the one hand we can’t seem to win when we deserve to, and definitely can’t seem to win when we don’t, either. Lately, It’s play the “right way” and lose, or play the wrong way and lose badly.

    Part of me want’s to say if we just play in a way that is deserving of victory (proper execution, mental sharpness, full effort, etc.), then the wins will come, and more often than not.

    Then the other part of my says “Deserves ain’t got nothin to do with it.”

    I hate feeling like this.

  • Matthew J Reider

    I have hope. I’ll always have hope. But it seems to me that the General Manager of the Capitals has taken a presidents trophy winner and gotten rid of anyone that could score goals except #8. We got rid of Semin, Flash, Knuble, and replaced them with nobody in particular except one-year-rental-busts. Sure, it’s possible that a certain M. Green and E. Fehr will score 20 goals this year, but they better get started. Hopefully Ovi wins the gold and comes back to drag this team into the playoffs on his own.

    How long until we put Ovechkin and Backstrom on the same line again and hope for the best?

  • Rhino40

    “Kim Jong-Dan”
    heh…

  • Seth Malaguerra

    With their hot streaks Toronto and Columbus are on 93 and 90 point paces, respectively. So the bar for making the playoffs Is higher than everyone thought it would be 1-2 months ago. Caps are on an 85 point pace right now. They need to reach down and grab something, pronto.

  • Justin

    CHICKEN WINGS!

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Crazier things have happened, I mean the poor guy is getting guff for wearing a hat with his sponsor’s logo. The Toronto media is savage… But with the six game win streak the leafs are on I expect them to be buyers not sellers.

  • Rob

    Do you remember this team 15 years ago? We’re still better than we were then. No way jumping ship. I have cement in my shoes. I have a lot of practice as an Orioles fan.

  • JH

    Can someone else on this team score goals? Please!

  • Rhino40

    is it possible to have a negative shooting percentage?
    I don’t think so, Jess, because that would imply the ability to divide by zero…

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    No one is stopping you.
    http://www.jewelsfromthecrown.com/

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Why don’t you identify yourself so we can “discuss” this in person downtown?

  • Red

    This situation is akin to walking out of a movie theater after seeing a
    really bad film. You have nothing to say. There is no discussion to be
    had. There are no helpful criticisms to offer. The movie failed on every
    single level and the only way to fix it is to start the production from
    scratch. You just need it to disappear from recent memory as soon as
    possible, so that it doesn’t ruin movies for you altogether.

    The trick is to ride out these inevitable streaks of horror, avoid
    depression, and wait for our boys to put together a quality win that
    will reinstate our hope in life and the possibility of a brighter
    future. Cheers!

  • JessHughes

    Rhino40 — If anyone can solve this mathematical paradox, it’s Caps’ shooters not named Ovechkin. Only in DC does one’s rhetorical mathematical question get an honest answer. Go Caps!

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  • Kris_usa

    The thing of thought, Does not Ovechkin look like he is saving for the Olympics. Probably that’s his last chance for Olympic glory, and at his own country (btw Sochy and Moscow, two different worlds) The way that he plays recently, the way he is committed to the game makes me thing twice. I prefer to watch a good game even if they lose rather than bad game and they lose anyway.

  • Diller M

    So I’m gonna reply to myself since I looked up the kings blog from 2012 at the end of a 4 game losing streak in late Feb. kind of an interesting read knowing what happened. Take a look if you’ve got some time. This is what gives me hope, although to be fair they had a coaching change and a HUGE trade. http://www.jewelsfromthecrown.com/2012/2/22/2818282/post-game-bullets-and-the-game-isnt-even-over-yet#comments

  • OlietheGoalie

    Don’t worry, Kuzzy will come over, kidnap GMGM, send him to Russia never be heard from again, we’ll get Bondra to be our GM (or insert another warm-and-fuzzy move). Then we just have to rebuild our D, trade away Laich and Erat, Holtby and Grubby get in a nice tandem, Ovie starts scoring from the blue line, and Mike Green punches Brad Marchand through the ice.

    It can happen.

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    bca

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