Photo credit: Chris Carlson
Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings. Here’s Jonathan Coulton’s recap of the Caps road trip in California:
Marcus Johansson scored the night’s first goal, a 2-on-1 set up by Mike Knuble. Kyle Clifford got one past Tomas Vokoun on a rebound to tie it up. Anze Kopitar added to that late in the first period after Brooks Laich was pilfered. Jack freaking Johnson converted a 3-on-1 and then did the freaking Tebow move as if the world didn’t already suck. Then Stoll scored and our eyes started glazing over. Something else happened, but our eyelids were heavy. Johansson looked bored somehow scoring his second of the night. Kings beat Caps 5-2.
I’m not a religious guy, but I’ve read a few books. Here’s a few verses from Matthew:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Make of that what you will.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. The Kings are the caboose of the NHL when it comes to goals per game. They weren’t supposed to score at all, but the Caps are just plain discombobulated on the road. Anze Kopitar snapped his drought, and the rest of the non-scoring Kings did the same.
Don’t think this was just a scoreboard thing. L.A. vastly outplayed D.C. in all facets, owning the puck with a plus-20 Corsi. An awful end to an awful road trip by an awful road team. (Next four games are at home…)
Two standings points were drastically needed in Cali– particularly while the Eastern conference is constricting. But the Caps played listless, miserable hockey. Even down three goals in the third, the Capitals couldn’t be bothered to even shoot a puck on net for long stretches.
We’ve got the Penguins on Wednesday. They’re not the Penguins you remember though; they’re banged up as bad as any team in the league– missing 3 of their 4 best offensive players. Should be a… well, I dunno. A hockey game?
Video highlights from Caps at Kings:
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