By Tuesday night, the NHL had seen 10,226 shots and 904 goals. That’s a 8.8 shooting percent. One out of every 11 or 12 shots on target gets through in this game, and every single one of them has a story to tell.
In the Caps’ corner of the league, those stories have been tragic– coming at the worst times and in the worst ways. Despite outshooting their opponents 334 to 280 in all game situations, the Caps have outscored their opponents just 34 to 31.
Put another way: the Caps aren’t getting the bounces.
The Caps’ excruciating 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames was more evidence of how elusive goals can be– and how downright stupid they can be as well.