One legged ant-eater (Photo: Nick Wass)
Caps-Pens! The biggest rivalry in DC sprots! With only 18 standings points between them–
Wait, really? The Pens are that far ahead? Oh golly. Lean times in the District.
Moving on… the Caps need to make up some ground in the eastern conference if they want to make the playoffs, but they’re gonna have to do better than what they did on Monday night. Giving up an early goal and Sidney Shot from the Sidney Spot gave Pittsburgh enough of a boost early on to fend off a Caps surge in the second.
Chris Kunitz scored all of 46 seconds in, taking a pass of Sidney Crosby and beating Mike Green on his way to the not-perimeter. Eric Fehr fought back with a nifty finish set up by Jason Chimera, but the Pens fired back with Crosby’s one timer on the power play.
The Caps tied it up in the second as Nicky Backstrom banked a pass of some poor Penguin in the paint. That was fun, but then Chris Kunitz restored the Penguins lead off a rebound off Halak’s pads a little after the halfway mark.
The Caps could not convert a late-game power play. Cram.
Pens beat Caps 3-2.
First and most importantly: Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the Stars-Jackets game. Details are sparse. Peverley got surgery before the season to correct an irregular heartbeat. The game has been postponed.
UPDATE: Rich Peverley has been taken to the hospital an is conscious. The game is still delayed at the moment. That's all we know for now.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Our very best wishes go out to Pevs, a beloved fellow from the former Southleast. Many happy returns.
Okay. Back to Caps hockey.
Speaking of Kuznetsov: nice start. I’m not gonna dig through the chicken entrails of his 12 minutes or so, but I liked what I saw. That means good vibes for the future, but the Caps don’t need a wonderful future. They need success like yesterday.
Splitting this home-and-home B2B with the Pens would be a good way to make up ground. Also good would be hoping for some other team above them in the standings to spontaneously explode.
Hug your loved ones, even the dogs.
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