Freaking Ovi. Freaking Beagle.
The Capitals hadn’t played since Saturday; the Rangers played last night. And yet it was the Capitals– beset by injury– who looked slow and overwhelmed on Wednesday night. Down a goal, the Capitals made a big comeback effort in the third, but it got defused by the tiny guy in blue, so Washington lost to the new division leader.
In the first period, Nate Schmidt choked up the puck in neutral, opening up a shooting gallery that ended with Carl Hagelin’s goal. Ovi tied it up with an Ovi shot from the Ovi slot, but J.T. Miller put the Rags back up after a weird bounce on a clearing attempt. The Caps picked up the pace in the third but couldn’t crack Cam Talbot. Martin St. Louis delivered the dagger.
Rangers beat Caps 3-1.
Um. Alright. I guess let’s discuss this hockey game.
Guy Fieri and Barry Bonds photo of the nightmare
I don’t want to portray it as if this game wasn’t winnable just because the goalie was hot. That’s not correct. The Caps got outplayed for 2/3rds and change of this one, and they were still just one goal behind. That urgency we saw in the third period was stirring. If they could summon that in, say, the first period, this team could become good again.
One day off and then we’ve got the Stars on Friday. Let’s hope the Capitals can heal up and shape up. Then perhaps they will set the tone by being disciplined and firm and win some battles and feelin’ pretty.
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