What the $#@& was THAT?
Uh, guys? These are the Florida Panthers, not the Edmonton Freaking Oilers of 1985?
Sometimes, numbers don’t tell the story. Today, it was ALL about the numbers . . .
42-18 . . . No, that’s not the score of the New Orleans Bowl (that was
32-6 . . . From the 10:26 mark of the first period when Ben Clymer took a shot on goal until the 9:35 mark of the third when Brooks Laich was credited with one, the Caps were outshot by this margin.
74 . . . the total of shots on goal credited to
10 . . . the number of minor penalties the Caps took.
16:24 . . . the total amount of time the Caps spent shorthanded in the game.
12:00 . . . the total amount of time the Caps spent shorthanded in the last two periods (more on this, later).
2 . . . the number of shots taken by Alex Ovechkin. He hasn’t had fewer in a game since March 12th of last year, against
14, 17 . . . 14 skaters were responsible for 17 giveaways.
Two . . . the number of shifts Kris Beech had after the first period. The Peerless doesn’t think this was an accident.
9:33 . . . the ice time for Jamie Heward. Given that Lawrence Nycholat had more than 24 minutes, a gimpy Mike Green more than 18, and even Jeff Schultz more than 13, The Peerless doesn’t think this was an accident, either.
4.12 . . . Olaf Kolzig’s goals-against average in four games against
.933 . . . Kolzig’s save percentage in four games against
5-11-0 . . . the Caps record since they beat the Flyers on December 16th. Maybe they caught something.
But here was the turning point of the game. It didn’t even happen during any of the periods.
Look, the Caps are beat up on the blue line, and the Panthers exploited this to forecheck the crap out of
Olaf Kolzig deserved a whole lot better, as he has often from his teammates against this opponent this year.