Photo credit: Joe Sargent
Everyone writing about the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins talks about how the rivalry isn’t what it used to be. I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to harp on the diminished luminosity of Alex Ovechkin’s star or the Penguins’ 9-game streak going into Tuesday. Not gonna do it. I’m not going to ruminate on the struggles in Washington while Pittsburgh sits atop the Eastern Conference. You won’t hear about that from me. That’s just not how I roll.
Instead, I’ll stick to the game– a high-tension affair in Western PA that saw neither team establish momentum for long. Both goalies played terrifically, and then one bad goof at the end of a long power play cost the Caps the game.
Penguins beat Caps 2-1.
(I try not to foreground it too much, but look at that Joe B pic over there. Best ever? Top 5 at least, right?)
Here’s the deal: the Caps were the better team at five-on-five. In the long term, that goes a long way towards a winning record, but without competence on special teams the Caps let this one get away from them. On the brightside, Captain Alex Ovechkin was terrific — drawing penalties, attempting 14 shots, and scoring his team’s only goal.
But squandering that four-minute man advantage was the death knell for this game (and season?). And now the Caps have a tough road stretch ahead of them– first a pair in the Southeast of the North, Winnipeg, then capping it off in New York.
I’m not calling them must-wins, because I’m not sure it matters at this point. And if nothing our team does matters, then the only thing that matters is what our team does. (Boom. Angel reference.)
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