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The Washington Capitals Head To Columbus Down 0-2

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

If this Washington Capitals season comes to a close in the coming days — and, man, doesn’t it feel like it will end the first chance it gets? — the image that sums it up won’t be Matt Calvert celebrating his overtime goal in Game 2 or Artemi Panarin celebrating his overtime goal in Game 1. Those are pertinent, and in Ohio, Calvert and Panarin are springtime heroes. But they are merely byproducts of the Capitals’ own ineptness, Columbus opportunity born of Washington stupidity.

Around here, the image we need to remember is the door to the penalty box swinging open, and some Capital — Tom Wilson springs to mind — skating sheepishly, all alone, back to his own bench, perhaps in search of a dunce cap. The Columbus Blue Jackets are down the ice, celebrating. And the Capitals are wondering how and when and why they became so daft.

The key to this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, which now looks as if it could be over before it really gets started, isn’t some nuance about disrupting play in the neutral zone or generating more quality chances. It has to do with the vast expanse of darkness between the Caps’ collective ears. Yell in there, and hear the echoes.


Watch the game highlights of the 5-4 OT win by Columbus below...

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Just amazed that Tom Wilson is employed in the NHL, and even more amazed that Barry Trotz includes him in his playoff lineup. 

That being said, the Caps are 100% high energy, high emotion.  They follow Ovechkin.  If there’s a highlight play to make, they’ll make it.  If there’s a solid, smart, controlled hockey play to make, forget it.  They’re in the entertainment business.  If the final was a 9-8 loss but Ovechkin scored 8, they’d be just as satisfied.

Posted by PMP5030 on 04/16/18 at 07:38 AM ET

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They’re in the entertainment business.  If the final was a 9-8 loss but Ovechkin scored 8, they’d be just as satisfied.

So would I, to be honest.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 04/16/18 at 11:45 AM ET

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