The Washington Capitals lost to the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime. And while there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the Capitals’ performance, the most troubling parts of the game were the Florida Panthers’ goal hugs.
If there were any justice in the world the Caps would have engulfed Braden Holtby in an OT winning on-ice hug-swarm but instead we had to watch the Panthers high-five each other. Ugh.
The Caps did get one point in the standings, four extraordinary hugs, and the smug satisfaction that comes with being Stanley Cup Champions and way better at hugging than the Panthers. Let’s break it down.