Photo: Alex Brandon
Per tradition, we begin every Super Bowl Sunday with a Capitals game packed with all the intensity you’d expect from a rivalry matchup. Except this was the Blues, for whom the Caps have no special animosity as far as I can remember. Yet, there we were, watching the hits pile up in an ugly but mostly entertaining hour of hockey– except for the whole losing part.
Steen got it first, beating Peters on a rebound during a first-period power play. Ovechkin did the same with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot seven minutes later. Steen got his second on the rush during a bad change, which Ovi responded to by harrying the Blues during 4v4.
Dmitrij Jaskin interrupted the Alexes to score on one of Justin Peters’ many rebounds, giving the Blues the lead after forty. Vladimir Tarasenko broke the Caps back with a rush goal six minutes into the third period.
Karl Alzner brought the Caps back within one goal in the third period as the top line did the net-front presence thing.
Blues beat Caps 4-3.
Lion hugging a dude of the day because no Joe B and you needed this
The Tarasenko goal really bugs me. It’s emblematic of a bigger problem. Adam Stringham articulated it perfectly:
I think it's Time to take away a few of Barry's favorite toys
— Adam Stringham (@Stringhama) February 1, 2015
I love Jay Beagle, but I don’t love him as a top-liner. For whatever reason, Barry Trotz has a fondness for Beagle and a couple other iffy players, and that fondness has cost this team wins.
That’s fine. All coaches do that, even the best of them. But the best GMs in this league see when it happens and trade away those “favorite toys” before they do too much damage.
The trade deadline is a month away. Brian MacLellan could make this team a lot stronger by doing some simple arithmetic.
Have a good Sunday. Go Seahawks.
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