Saturday, February 03, 2007

Caps' Season Slipping Away

Capitals 0, Penguins 2
ScoresheetWash Post

It’s going, going… The Capitals “high-powered” offense puts a goose egg against the Penguins and the Caps slip slowly into oblivion, for another year. The Caps had their chances, just too many missed nets, bad passes. It’s not like their trying, but they are not connecting. The Capitals are letting their season get away from them.

It was important for this team to put together some wins after the all star break. But instead the Caps can’t seem to get anything going. Alex Ovechkin’s point streak comes to and end, Olaf Kolzig looks iffy in net and all roads point to the golf course at season’s end.

Don’t throw in the towel you say? No, your right, the Caps can turn things around, but only if things start changing. Alex Semin and Ovechkin need goal support, players like Brian Sutherby (2 points in 17 games), Matt Pettinger (1 goal in 22 games), Ben Clymer (3 goals in 26 games), and Kris Beech (1 goal in 15 games) need to start getting points on the board, or this team is not going anywhere.

Yes there have been injuries, and key personnel out. Richard Zednik is returning from injury, John Erskine and Bryan Muir both recovering from injuries as well. That’s why GMGM (in all his infinite wisdom) went out and fetched Milan Jurcina from Boston.

The Caps are just not clicking, their offense comes out in full force one game, and lays flat the next. If they can work out some sort of consistency out of they forwards, then Caps fans can start looking forward to the playoffs. I just don’t see that happening this year.

Penguins played a great defensive game against the Caps, but the Capitals had opportunities to score. Failure to capitalize is the downfall of this team. Caps come home from a disastrous road trip to face the Islanders in another matinee. They have to start finding the back of the net, or the season slips farther and farther away.

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