Saturday, the Capitals almost completed an improbable comeback against the second-best team in the league, the Dallas Stars. To put it succinctly: the third period was good times for the Caps. Washington scored three consecutive goals and looked to be the better team. But before that, the Caps were miserable.
In the game’s first two periods, the Stars jumped out to a 4-0 lead, outshooting the Capitals 25 to 11. That left some players frustrated. And angry.
My favorite meltdown moment came from Tom Wilson.
Late in the second period, Wilson took a silly interference minor. 31 seconds later, Brooks Laich gave the Stars a long five-on-three man advantage after high-sticking John Klingberg. It was at this moment, Wilson was so over this game, covering the penalty box camera with a towel.
Meanwhile, Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen had some not nice words for Klingsberg after he thought the Stars defenseman knocked Laich’s stick into his own face.
There were more great moments too, such as this man-I’m-stumped look from assistant coach Todd Reirden heading into the second intermission.
Finally, at the very end of the game, Wilson almost tied up the game on a one timer from the slot. Instead the puck clanked off the post.
Barry Trotz was so bummed when he saw the replay on the jumbotron from the bench.
It took until February 13 for the Caps to get their tenth loss of the season. Yet they do not seem okay with this loss.
I’m happy they’re unhappy.
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