Leksy’s face. (Photo: Jana Chytilova)
After losing to Buffalo despite dominating play on Sunday, the Capitals hoped to close out 2013 with a road win in Ottawa. Unfortunately, without the whole “goals” part of hockey, wins are hard to come by. Prepositions are easy to end sentences with.
Joel Ward notched his 12th of the year just two minutes in as Craig Anderson deflected his shot (which was going wide) into the Ottawa net. The Sens stuck back with a two-on-one series executed by Mika Zibanejad. In the second, Kyle Turris put the Sens up with a gorgeous goal, shaking off a hook and tricking Grubauer before scoring. The Caps couldn’t beat Anderson in a late-game flurry, and Clarke MacArthur got the empty netter. The Caps have dropped their last game of the year.
Sens beat Caps 3-1. Goodnight, 2013.
Basically, Craig Anderson got a shutout. The only guy who could score on him …was himself. Joel Ward just happened to get credit for it. Despite looking excellent in the middle frame, the Caps couldn’t convert. Not the end of the world, just the year. There’s no need to panic or shake stuff up just because Ovi went goalless in four games. He put 31 shots on goal for crying out loud. It’ll come.
But so ends the hockey schedule for 2013. This time one year ago we didn’t even think there would be any hockey, so there’s item number one to be happy about. Item two is easy as well: Alex Ovechkin, who scored a goal or two here and there. After that, it gets complicated. The Capitals took a solid win percentage out of 2013, but there’s so much more they’re capable of achieving.
2014 will be a crucible. The team will undoubtedly change and so too will its fortunes. Alex Ovechkin will chase history. And in a few months we’ll see the Metro division in its full glory: a playoff chase against our team’s rivals.
Plus, we’ll be there, writing about hockey, fiving high, cracking wise. I hope you’ll join us.
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