Orlov and Tarasenko: BFFs.
The St. Louis Blues are really good. I don’t know if the Capitals are having a bad weekend, or if it’s that their opponents have just been really good. I’m not sure how much it matters: another loss. Zero points on the weekend. Major bummer.
Jori Lehtera scored first, exploiting some distracted defense. Joel Ward tied it up with a lucky long bomb that trickled past Brian Elliott. Before the second period was up, Jaden Schwartz outlasted Karl Alzner in the paint to restore the Blues’ lead. Justin Peters misplayed a puck behind his net (sound familiar?) to give David Backes a lay-up just twelve seconds in the third period. Patrik Berglund made it 4-1 with a lovely, unchallenged passing play late in the game.
Blues beat Caps 4-1.
Mitch Korn is all about the props when working with his goalies. I have an idea for a new one. pic.twitter.com/p3cnvOOSuB
— Becca (@BeccaH_JR) November 16, 2014
Joe B suit of the night. Not my favorite.
So ends a crummy weekend of crummy hockey.
The goalies are an easy target, and both of them made goofs, but it’s lazy and objectively incorrect to pin these losses on them alone. You cannot win a hockey game with zero goals scored (I checked) and it’s awful hard to win when you beat the other guy just once (thanks, wizard wardo). Even if Peters didn’t giftwrap that one for Backes, this game was a loser because the Caps couldn’t score but once.
Feel free to do some reflexive adjudication on which goals were “soft” and which “he should of had” and which “he’s gonna want back,” but please do not confuse that judgement for anything substantial or constructive or worth the time to read or hear.
The goalie was below average tonight. The skaters were wayyyy below average. That’s the big problem.
Someone on Twitter asked me if it’s time to start panicking.
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