One step forward, one step back . . .
Last night, if it needs to be said, was the latter. Brent Johnson showed up . . . the rest of the club? Pretty much left their game in DC. It’d be hard to find much in the way of a silver lining in that dark cloud of a 5-0 pasting at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes. I guess one thing that could be said is that as bad as the Caps were, they were still in it deep into the third period (
The Caps spread around the good cheer, too. Mike Green was the only defenseman not on the ice for any
It was a team loss.
Turning point . . . a stretch of 3:45 beginning at the 7:33 mark of the second period with
Perhaps the boys were feeling a little too good about themselves after the comeback win against
Your odd stat for the night – 17:47. That was Alexander Ovechkin’s ice time. He had only three shifts (two abbreviated) in the last dozen minutes – the Caps weren’t killing any power plays, either (only a penalty coming with 21 seconds left). That tells me he’s still nicked, that his ice time is being marshaled.
Saturday, it’s the Rangers, something of a disappointment to start the year, but they are 6-3-1 in their last ten. No rest for the Caps this weekend.