Never in it. Even with a two-goal lead, one had the feeling they were never in it. Of course, then the Penguins scored three power play goals and scored another goal just as another penalty was expiring. To make things worse, the Caps – down two goals in the third period, mind you – played as if they thought the puck would magically appear in the net behind Marc-Andre Fleury without the need of having been shot.
Two goals down in the third period, they managed one shot – one – not taken by Alex Ovechkin between a shot by Mike Green at 10:24 and a cosmetic goal by Milan Jurcina with 32 seconds left. And Green’s came from the concession stands.
The frustrating part is that the Caps were the better team at even strength, but had not a clue what they were doing on the penalty kill. For all intents and purposes, the Penguins scored on their first four power plays and that, kids, was the ball game.
We could go on, but frankly . . . why? Ovechkin came to play, Chris Clark came to play, and Olaf Kolzig did what he could. The rest? It wasn’t pretty. It was a game they could have – should have – won. But that’s what teams in the Caps’ position (well, their fans) say at this time of year.