Caps 3, – Ineffective slump-ridden underachievers – 0
It’s unfortunate that Washington’s Jay Beagle scored to make it 1-0 for the Caps in the first period. Montreal was looking sharp, skating well, killed off a couple of penalties, and then……
With 37 &%^#$ seconds left in the period, Washington scored again, and oh, how this hurts. Whenever this happens, this late goal thing, and it’s happened far too often this season, it’s like a kick in the nuts from a guy wearing steel-toed boots.
Down two after the first period. It’s enough to cause a guy to phone in sick for his graveyard shift and get hammered instead.
It’s just going to take one goal in the second period, I thought, and the boys are back in town. And lo and behold…………it didn’t happen.
This has been quite a road trip. THE ROAD TRIP FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL.
Of course being down by two going in to the third period isn’t impossible to overcome. Unless you’re the Montreal Canadiens, who began the final frame with a penalty 21 seconds in by Roman Hamrlik, and later Tomas Plekanec took a four minute double minor for shoving a stick into Mike Green’s face when the Canadiens were enjoying a power play to deflate anything they had going at that time.
And of course Alex Ovechkin scored in the empty net.
Are you like me and getting tired of a small team being outmuscled and outskated by larger teams? There’s just not enough strength, and too many short legs racing long legs and losing. This team is built to win the Allan Cup, not the Stanley Cup.
Are you like me and getting tired of Andre Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen and a host others including Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, and Scott Gomez, and how none of these players scare the daylights out of anyone?
Is it sacrilege to come down hard on Gionta, Gomez, and Cammalleri? I’m sorry but they’re too small – plain and simple.
Are you like me and growing sick and tired of undisciplined penalties?
And are you like me and wondering just how far down the standings the boys are going to end up?
Shots on goal 30-25 Washington
Next up – Thursday in Tampa Bay.