Stop smiling. Stop smiling. STOP SMILING. AHIGUEWOG
I didn’t like this game and I don’t like you. I like only my dog and tacos. Everything else sucks, starting with the Caps, then followed by the weather, and then back to the Caps again,. Let’s get this over with quickly.
Instead of sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in the regular-season series, the Capitals played maybe their worst game of the season. There were glimmers of awesome, but they were islanded in a stream of suck.
It was all Pens early, and then Patrick Hornqvist finally made the Caps pay for their carelessness. The Pens got ornery after that, but the Caps didn’t convert on the penalties. Instead, Matt Niskanen made a bad drop to an out-of-position Andre Burakovsky, so Brendan Sutter secured a shorthanded goal. John Carlson gave us something to be proud of late in the period with a sweet shot, but we knew this game wasn’t going well.
It only got worse in the second period’s penalty parade. That frame featured seven Capitals penalties, though it resulted in only one goal: Sidney Crosby’s slick wrister. His first point against the Caps this season.
Chimera and Brouwer crashed the net early in the third to make it a one-goal game, but Chris Kunitz thoroughly outworked Evgeny Kuznetsov to deflate our balloon. Late, Alex Ovechkin showed a glimpse of life with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot. It wasn’t enough, but it was something not to hate about tonight.
Pens beat Caps 4-3.
Ted and Gary cashmere sweater and suit of the night. I miss Joe B so hard.
Did you guys like the lines today? Did you have a big smiley face when you saw top-line Burakovsky? I hope you enjoyed it, because I doubt we’ll see it again. Despite their best lineup in weeks, the Caps played an atrocious game against a division rival.
A slow start, a dearth of discipline, bad breakouts, enervated entries, and rookie… mistakes. Even though it was close late, the Caps can’t– and shouldn’t– win when they play this bad.
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