The last two Caps games have had us reeling. We suffered a wild beatdown from the Lightning on Tuesday, replete with spats and brawls, and then a soaring come-from-behind win over the Panthers, also punctuated with fights. Returning back to the Verizon Center for a game against Maple Leafs, you’d think the Caps would offer us a reserved performance of surgical offense and careful defense. Instead we got a bronco-busting, goal-splattered free-for-all. We’re not complaining. Before the third period could end, The Caps and Leafs showed us a series of spats that could tide us over for weeks. The final frame of this heavyweight bout devolved into a fight of Greene Turtlian proportions. If our boys weren’t ahead by five goals, we might have been a bit sour on how it played out.
Let’s dissect the
fight hockey game:
The struggle now is to find where tonight’s game fits into the season-long Capitals narrative. Did we witness another freak occurrence, or are the Caps under Ovie’s leadership a team of brawlers? Is The Horn Guy jealous that the Capstronaut got to hang out with Leonsis? How long until the lower bowl of the phone booth is filled only with RMNB t-shirts? My friends, I have no answers for you. We shall find out together.
Our next three games pit the Capitals against the Flyers, the Red Wings, and Penguins. Although most of the remainder of the season will be held at home, the season’s calendar is obviously not getting any easier. Maybe the smashmouth style of hockey we’ve seen this week is what it’ll take to win the Cup. Honestly? I hope not.
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