Capitals 2, Penguins 4
Scoresheet - Wash Post
If there was ever a more fitting proof that the Capitals are cursed with bad luck, it reared it's ugly head this weekend. With a mere 12 games left the Caps are left scratching their heads. Did what happen, just happen? Yes it did.
Before that, just like in the Boston game, the Caps had the game in hand. If this team didn't have bad luck, they would have no luck at all. Too many times we said this season, "The Caps deserved a better fate in that game" or "Just one more goal." There in lies the problem. What killed this team wasn't the close wins in the waning moments of the season. It wasn't the mid season trades that now seem like futile attempts. The Caps lost the post season long before Bruce Boudreau took over, long before December. The rest could just be for show.
The playoffs are close to being a pipe dream (although still mathematically possible) and the efforts of Alex Ovechkin to win a Hart trophy may be dashed as well. It was a bad weekend. Both Boston and Pittsburgh had no business winning those games, but somehow they did. And the Caps, who could have made up some serious ground this weekend, are stuck at 72. Only 2 points better than last season.
Brooks Laich and Alex Semin both scored powerplay tallies for the Caps. Ovie had 2 assists. Cristobal Huet played his heart out, making spectacular save after spectacular save. Sergei Fedorov was outstanding in the faceoff circle winning 17 of 21 draws. If you wanted to look at the silver lining.