Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snap Back To Reality

Capitals 1, Flyers 7
Scoresheet - Wash Post

It's times like these, when the Capitals blow a big game, I wonder what kind of emails Caps owner Ted Leonsis gets. I am sure there are the regular "the goalies suck" or "why haven't we traded for a big time defenseman." Then there are the ridiculous emails about how the Caps should bring back Peter Bondra or they should fire George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau to hire Dale Hunter as coach/GM (as ridiculous as it sounds, I have actually heard Caps fans say things like this).

So instead of focusing on how bad the Capitals effort was against a Philadelphia Flyer team that waited them out, I will focus on the positive. Just like Paul Maurice in Carolina, even if I have to "fake it" here are the positives in the 7-1 beating the Capitals took:

Brooks Laich scored his eighth goal of the season and Tomas Fleischmann added an assist against an apparently hot goaltender.

Sean Collins was a +1. The only Capital in the plus column.

Several Flyers fans left with out their hats.

The Capitals had 25 shots in the first period, if only one of the damn shots would have gone in.

At the end of the game the Capitals bench was pretty comfy with all that room.

Jose Theodore played just as well as Brent Johnson.

The Capitals penalty kill was good for two periods.

Alex Ovechkin had a lot of shots. 12 all together. So much for the law of averages (oh sorry, positive things, got it).

Carolina lost today too. Against Boston they let in a mere 4 goals and got twice the goals the Caps got today (2 for those not paying attention).

Donald Brashear had a good afternoon, 6 penalties and 26 PIMs. Not bad for only being on the ice for 7 minutes and 41 seconds.

It's gaudy to have all those wins in the win column.

Looking back to see the puck in the net behind you really stretches your ab muscles.

The Caps will have a few days off to think about it, they should be more than ready for the Rangers Tuesday night.

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