The Washington Capitals’ season has ended — at least for now — in a way none of us could have predicted. The coronavirus has “paused” the NHL season, leaving the Caps alone to consider their fortunes. They’ve been a mediocre .500 team since around Christmas, but they still own first place in the division. They’ve got star talent and a deep roster, but they have played some devastatingly bad games recently.
In this week’s snapshot, I want us to carve out a tiny corner of our minds where we can talk about and think about hockey nerdery, free of blackpilled geohell worry. In this space, we’ll wonder what it might look like when the world and the sport and the Caps finally emerge from the pandemic. In this space, we will keep calm and carry on without putting anyone at risk. And we will do what Chuck Noland in Cast Away says about living in troubled times: “Keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”