Photo: Patrick McDermott
The vibe was weird in Friday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals. The Caps were playing for nothing but honor, but the Hawks were jockeying for playoff position. You couldn’t tell by the tilt of the ice. The Caps played a sloppy– but productive– game led by the team’s 1C, Jay Bodenheimer Beagle.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 51st goal of the year on the power play from the remotest bastion of the Ovi Spot. Jay Beagle took two swipes to make it 2-0. Nick Backstrom eliminated the two-goal lead with a no-angle bank shot off Antti Raanta’s buttocks. Beagle struck again before the second period was done because nothing makes sense in an absurd universe upon which all meaning is a deliberate projection.
Nothing in the third. Sorry, Jay.
Caps beat Hawks like a million to nothing.
Here is a picture of some beagles. No reason.
Marcus Johansson absorbed a rogue shot off Nick Backstrom’s stick somewhere in the body area. He did not return to the game. Even if the Caps win out and take some pride from this final week, an injury to Marcus would undercut a lot of those good feelings.
So the Caps aren’t phoning in their last few games. I kind of am though. My bust, y’all. I love the team and I love you, but it’s hard to pore over this game like it’s the last couple chapters of A Dance Of Dragons. I guess this thing doesn’t mean that much.
One game to go, and then a whole lot of talking.
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