The month of Movember appears to have claimed another handsome face.
Thursday night, Tom Wilson was mustachioed during the Capitals dreary and soul-crushing 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Capitals got absolutely trounced 6-2 by a team that is very bad. I’m going to demonstrate what I thought of their effort levels by copying said levels with this post.
The Capitals out-shot the Avs 30 to 28 and the five-on-five shot attempts were deadlocked 35 apiece, but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. The Capitals were porous and the Avalanche took advantage. Seemingly every goal they scored was easy.
The Capitals lost to the lowly Colorado Avalanche 6-2 Thursday and their disappointment was readily apparent after the game.
While speaking with reporters, head coach Barry Trotz admitted that he was “disappointed” and “angry” with his team. “I expected a lot better,” he said.
Thursday night, the Colorado Avalanche jumped all over the Capitals, 6-2. The scoreline looks ugly, but the game was even uglier, as the Caps looked outclassed by the Avs all night.
In the middle of this was forward Gabriel Landeskog, who arguably put the Capitals away for good, scoring on a penalty shot early in the third period for his second goal of the night. He would follow it up with a third goal late in the third – his first career hat trick.
His teammates were very happy for him.
This year’s Capitals team was never going to be as good as last year’s. With a bunch of expiring contracts and an expansion draft, the team was bound to lose several key players after going all in for a Stanley Cup the last three years. But when Capitals management punted on making a change in philosophy over the offseason, the team hasn’t found its soul or identity since, unless relying on Braden Holtby to constantly stop high-danger shots is an intentional identity.
The Capitals’ 6-2 loss to the Avalanche felt bigger than just a bad loss. It felt like a realization that the team is in peril and there is something wrong. The players and coaches wore that frustration on their faces and in their body language at the end of the game.
The Caps went into Pepsi Center on Thursday night looking to put some recent bad play in the past against an opponent prone to allowing teams to take the play to them. The opposite happened, the Caps looked like participators not involvementors.
Lets sit down for puck drop and… the Caps are already down a goal. Gabriel Landeskog struck 17 seconds into the first to give the Avs an early lead. Nathan MacKinnon waited much longer for his tally scoring at the very end of the period, but both count the same. 2-0 Avs after 20 minutes.
Colin Wilson slotted home a rebound to extend the Mile High lead, but Brett Connolly scored to tighten the game once more and we were through 40 minutes at 3-1.
Landeskog got his second of the night on a rare regulation penalty shot. Rantanen got on the board on a power play. Kuznetsov also scored on a power play. Landeskog hat trick.
Avalanche beat Caps 6-2.
The Ovechkin Beard Guy, Eric Brooks, was once again in attendance for the Capitals game at Pepsi Center tonight. He debuted a tandem beard at Pepsi Center.
Along with his friend Ryan Hardon, the two friends, rooting for the competing teams, showed off Caps and Avs-shaped beards.
The Capitals have moved on from their lopsided loss to the Predators to match up with yet another Western Conference foe in the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche are still very bad and that was true even before they traded away Matt Duchene. The problem is that I’m not exactly sure the Capitals are still good.
Game is at 9PM on NBCSWANTONBOMB, because mountain time is the worst time. Yours truly will have your recap.
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