I don’t know what the hell you people want from me. You come here, pitchforks in hand, spittle accumulating in the corners of your mouth, expecting me to try to dissuade you from leaving your rancid pee-pants comments below. You know I can’t stop you. I’m not even gonna try. I’m just gonna recap the Washington Capitals’ 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators and then I’m gonna go to bed and dream about Martin Erat.
So. Viktor Arvidsson scored in the first period after the Preds intercepted a lateral pass intended for Ovechkin. Seven minutes later, Colton Sissons fed Nick Bonino on a two-on-one breakaway to make it 2-0 for the Preds. This didn’t seem so bad at the time, but I admit it was a simpler more innocent time and I now long for those days like I do my lost childhood, bathed in sepia tones and jangly indie pop.
In the second period Arvidsson notched his second goal with a wrist shot after some good low-to-high puck movement. Nicky Backstrom snuffed the shutout with an unorthodox power-play goal, but Arvidsson earned the hat trick while shorthanded just five minutes later. Rocco Grimaldi scored an unassisted goal and Nick Bonino deflected another before the period was up, just as we forgot the taste of bread, the sound of trees, the softness of the wind.
A person named Calle Jarnkrok scored in the third period. Then I think I blacked out until Kuznetsov set up TJ Oshie for a goal in garbage time.
— alexis (@http_holtby) January 16, 2019
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) January 16, 2019
When the schedule was announced, I circled this game. It was never going to be a winner. On the road against one of the best teams in the league who is well matched against the Caps on the second night of a back to back. This game was a destined loser. I didn’t think it would be a punishing 7-2 dare-you-to-watch kind of disaster game, but that’s what it was. I’m a sadder, less kind person for having watched. The world is colder, and I don’t think I like dogs anymore.
The Caps play next on Friday against Barry Trotz’s Islanders. We can’t let him see us like this. We have to win the breakup.
Headline photo: John Russell
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