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Hockey Night in Canada. The Washington Capitals hoped to earn Bruce Boudreau’s 200th NHL win against his old team. Did. Not. Happen.
An embarrassingly bad turnover from Jeff Schultz led to Tim Connolly’s goal. Brooks Laich took a drop pass from Chimera to even it up. Matt Frattin recorded his first NHL goal late in the first period. Early in the second, Tyler Bozak scored a powerplay goal from in traffic. Bozak then gave Phil Kessel a blind pass that became one gorgeous tally. Vokoun out, Neuvirth in. Joffrey Baratheon-Lannister-Lupul scored a PPG to make it 5-1. Then someone did something and it was 6-1. Then, Jeez Louise, David Steckel scored shorthanded. Leafs beats Caps 7-1.
If the Panthers beat the Penguins tonight [Update: yup.], the Caps will lose the SE division lead and fall to ninth in the Eastern conference. That means they wouldn’t make the playoffs if they started– inexplicably– in November. The Caps are still miles above .500, and I haven’t even had turkey yet, so let’s not lose our minds.
Teamlessness. It’s not a word, but it’s the best way to describe this team. Instead of a cohesive unit, we have a collection of individuals, each with his own unique pissy attitude. Equal to that bad mood is the bad hockey each has played. Even in hockey country– and at the biggest game of the week– the Washington Capitals are skulking grumps. Even with Coach Boudreau giving them the day off yesterday, the Capitals showed up as a bunch of poop-pants. Irritable and tense, this version of the team didn’t stand a chance— and they never will until they wizen up.
We’re not going to discuss Bruce Boudreau here, because we don’t have anything constructive to say about it. Odds are neither do you, but give it a try anyway.
Let’s give Brooks Laich the last word:
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