After a flukey win again against the Chicago Blackhawks, who were riding a seven game winning streak, the Washington Capitals headed down to the City of Oaks, Raleigh, North Carolina, for a date with the rested (but terrible) Carolina Hurricanes.
So what happens when a team that has won six of their last seven games matches up against a team that is last in the division, on a three game losing streak, and has lost five of their last six games? Disaster, of course.
The Capitals got on the board early thanks to some boys from the land of tracksuits and autocracy, when Dmitry Orlov set up Evgeny Kuznetsov with a brilliant drop pass, who unleashed a bomb past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.
The Canes tied the game just 35 seconds after Washington’s opening tally. They kept going. I don’t have 400 words to waste on an intro, so I’ll leave it there. Canes demolish Caps 5-1.
This is not good hockey pic.twitter.com/nUmjuKv9Du
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) November 13, 2016
So… hmm… yeah. That game was awful in every way. It’s easy to pin it on the fact the Caps were on the second end of a back-to-back, but it’s not that simple. The Capitals were more sloppy and careless than slow while they had good enough goaltending to bail them out against a bad team. The Capitals haven’t played well the last two nights, but they’ll come back home, rest up, practice Monday, and head to Columbus on Tuesday.
Here’s where I shield myself against angry comments:
It’s only one loss.
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