How many times have we said “this is the worst game all season”? It seems like it’s been half a dozen times at least, maybe more. Someone make a slideshow of this and get back to us, complete with sad eighties breakup music.
I don’t know if this was The Definitive Worst Game of the Season, if only because it has so much competition, but it was pretty bad. Please come down from the ledge and let’s talk about it. We’re here for you.
Zach Parise scored a pretty PP goal on a pretty pass from Patrik Elias. Michal Neuvirth let another Parise shot trickle through to make it two goals on four shots. Former Cap Dainus Zubrus closed out the first period with a slapstick falling-down third goal. Parise scored a third for the hat trick, but no hats were forthcoming at the Verizon Center, no sir. Patrick Elias capitalized on a shorthanded chance on a Caps PP. Devils beat Caps, 5-0.
Well, that was about as much fun as a seasick crocodile.
Apparently a three-game streak is long enough, we were getting our expectations up too high. This doesn’t mean the playoffs run is dead, though, so there’s no reason to go spiraling back into Lord of the Flies mode just yet. Making a playoffs push doesn’t mean we’re never losing again, it means the team is trying to make things work with — let’s admit it, limited resources right now, and hopefully scraping together some points along the way. The Caps had some good chances and some very good moments early on, this was just a very, very bad night. Happens. There’s got to be pain and hardship, otherwise how will Karl Alzner write a country album about this season?
Special reminder that the Caps’ direct competition at the moment, the Florida Panthers, lost to the Jets 7-0 last night. The embarrassing mediocrity that is the Southeast Division may yet be this team’s saving grace, but if it’s going to happen they will need to play nothing like they played tonight, ever, ever again. Losing like this makes it feel like season is over, but surprisingly the Caps will still be allowed to play 18 more games after this — all we can do is hope that they’re ready to play them.
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