Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 11/13/08 at 09:02 AM ET
On Tuesday morning, the Canes had a share of the division lead in the SE. By the end of the night, they were crushed 5-1 by the Capitals and they had waved goodbye to their share of the division lead. The way the team looks right now, that may be the last time they are that close to a playoff spot.
Without getting too analytical, the game boils down to this: Washington’s best players did their jobs; Carolina’s best players did not.
Alexander Semin had two goals and three assists. Alexander Ovechkin had one goal and three assists. Niclas Basckstrom had one goal and three assists.
On Carolina’s side of the scoring ledger, Rod Brind’Amour had one assist. Eric Staal had nothing. He had a couple of wonderful scoring chances, including some during a long five-on-three sequence, but it was all for naught.
There’s really not much good to say about this game. Dennis Seidenberg and Tim Gleason bailed out goaltender Michael Leighton a couple of times, or the score might have been way worse. When the game was out of hand late in the third, Brandon Sutter stood up to Semin by being the first person all night to lay a body on him.
I don’t know how to fix this team, but it is very much broken. They weren’t looking very good to begin with, but they have played two absolutely miserable games in a row.
On Friday, they’ll be in Atlanta before coming back home to face Tampa on Sunday. These are games that Carolina should win, but just as there are no columns in the standings for ugly wins or moral victories, there is no column for shoulda won.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.