No points tonight, Caps fans . . . no points tonight.
Someday, it'll all be worth it. Every bad bounce, every miniscule mistake, every misplaced skate. Someday, it'll all be worth it.
But right now, it's hard to watch. It's hard to watch the Alexes account for 10 of 24 shots on goal and get little support, not from lack of effort, but just a lack of timing and experience. It's hard to watch John Erskine do the things he does well -- punish people (we loved that Darcy Tucker never even looked in his direction when he was planted in the ice by Erskine) -- then end up being on the ice for two of the three goals (including one by Tucker shortly after getting splattered by Erskine). It was hard to watch the Caps kill off a 5-on-3 power play and hold the Leafs off the scoreboard with a man advantage all night, then give up three even strength goals. It was hard to watch Frederic Cassivi's fine performance in the first period wasted when the Caps couldn't seem to find the Maple Leaf net.
It's hard to watch the Caps play as well as they did and never really be in the game.
And that's why The Peerless doesn't give much thought to the scoreboard at this point. We're looking to see if guys are putting forth an effort, that they're winning a shift or winning a battle for the puck, that they're creating opportunities. We're past caring much what the scoreboard says.
Keeping trying guys. Come one day, it will all be worth it.