5-0 . . . 4-1.
That, folks, is the difference between knowing how to do a thing and learning how to do a thing.
It serves little use to try to assign “blame” to any player or aspect of the Caps game in the 4-1 whupping they took at the hands of
If it wasn’t the Caps on the other end of the scoreboard, it could be said that it was a treat to watch the ‘Canes play the game they played – patient, efficient, effective. I had the feeling after about ten minutes of the first period that it was just a matter of time. The difference in the teams came down to this – the Caps spent a lot of energy chasing the play, the Hurricanes spent their time letting the play come to them. They owned the puck, they tilted the ice toward Olaf Kolzig, they had an answer for everything the Caps tried.
That’s not to say that the Hurricanes were dominating in the
The stats of the night for the Caps, in an odd way, belong to Alex Ovechkin – 18:48 and three. That would be ice time and shots on goal. He had only five shifts in the second, one of those in the last 21 seconds of the period. Hard to make a difference sitting on the bench.
I don’t feel nearly as bad about this loss as I do the shootout loss to
This goes into the category of “lesson given, lesson learned.”