Photo: Alex Brandon
It has been eleven long days since the Capitals won a game. We’ve had like three or four completely different seasons of weather since the last time they added a point to the standings and after a sparsely attended sixty minutes in snowy Washington, D.C., that streak is gonna get even longer. You’ll be planting succulents and buying beach towels before these guys win again.
Skip this paragraph. After a scoreless first, Kyle Turris got past Karl Alzner and beat Holtby to put the Senators up 1-0. Jason Spezza scored a powerplay marker in the third while Erat was in the box.
That’s it. The Ottawa Senators beat the Caps 2-0. A shutout. That’s six straight losses for the Capitals.
You look like you need a baby hippo hug. Here’s a baby hippo hug.
Better? No? Me neither.
No sugarcoat. This is bad. The team can’t put the biscuit in the basket, and a basket without biscuits is a bad basket. This losing streak is probably enough to imperil the Caps’ chances at a postseason.
Plus, Alex Ovechkin’s injury did the team no favors, and it just further bolsters a pet hypothesis I’d rather see disproven.
While Adam Oates has done a commendable job getting Alex Ovechkin to bloom again, the rest of the garden needs tending.
Here’s the part where I double down. While the Caps are ice cold, they’re really not playing bad hockey in neutral. Between the blues, the Caps are probably better than they have been at any other point this season. And while these losses are demoralizing, the flatlined team shooting percentage that is causing them is destined to reverse.
This team is going to get better. We’re all cranky little butts right now, but we should know that they’re gonna get better– not as an article of faith, but as the careful conclusion of attentive fans.
You can jump ship now. I won’t blame you if you do. Not everyone is cut out for #DCsprots fandom.
But I’ll tell you this: it’s worth it to weather the rough stuff. And if you stick around, we’ll be right here, sticking with you.
— Brian Mcclure (@mcclureWX) January 22, 2014
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