Photo: Gregory Shamus
It was right around this time last year the Washington Capitals kicked off a hot streak that lofted them to the postseason. Losing twice in as many days to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Caps don’t look like liable to do that again.
The Penguins aren’t a great team. They’re way top-heavy on offense and somewhat disadvantaged on defense, but they’re still way way better than the Caps– both in composition and execution.
Evgeni Malkin sort of owned an offensive-zone shift against Orlov and the top line, releasing an actual perimeter shot that Jussi Jokinen delected in. That was all the goal-scoring we got until Crosby beat Orlov, Carrick, and Halak to make it 2-0 with five minutes left. The Caps mounted a little comeback attempt, but forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.
Pens beat Caps 2-0.
I gotta be honest. This is kicking my ass. I’m dispirited by this team. Writing these recaps is getting harder and harder.
Most of my favorite players still wear that uniform, but what they’re playing now looks nothing like the game they were built for. And there’s a contingent of strangers and stragglers filling out the ranks that are desperately out of their depth. There’s a mountain of mistakes that this team seems determined to climb all over again. Like some bizarro alternate ending to The Sound of Music.
I think there’s another game later this week. Probably against a hockey team. I’ll be here, writing about it. I guess.
that horn sounds like summer
— RMNB (@russianmachine) March 12, 2014
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