Thoughts on the Capitals:
-I basically felt the same way as George McPhee during pretty much the entire game. Part of which was spent with a Rangers fan who had a) both a genuinely New Yawk accent and b) used the phrase “my girlfriend’s husband” and literally could not be more of caricature. (P.S. I have a huge crush on George McPhee.)
-1 power play, refs? I’m not a huge fan of the NHL conspiracy theories, but the Capitals received ONE total power play in the entire game. And it was a delay of game. The Rangers do NOT play that cleanly. Also, I bet you a hundred dollars the finals are Los Angeles-New York (happy birthday Gary Bettman!).
-Looks like Dale Hunter finally started reading this, because Wideman only got 15 minutes of ice time. Or maybe he hasn’t, because Knuble only got 5:57. Remember how I said last game the Capitals seemed to always have someone in the right place at the right time? This was the opposite of that.
-Speaking of, sort of, how long do you think Dale Hunter will be around? If he is coach next year, I think he’s on a very short leash. I have my issues with him (that I will discuss in another post, get excited), but I think we can all agree his hardcore shot-blocking
Rangers-copying style is unsustainable for 82 games.
-Thought I had just now: wouldn’t it be awesome if the Caps just played in whatever style their competition did? Issue: the teams that get this far all play in more or less the same style. Sorry. Bad bullet point.
-Apparently the stat line for “rookie goaltenders whose fiancee has a baby two days before a Game 7″ is 0-1. Still, if anyone’s concerned, that’s a very small sample size.
-What happened to the odd man rush? We had fewer than we had last game, and still couldn’t buy a goal. (Insert “buy a vowel” joke here, what with Pat Sajak being a season ticket holder?)
-I had two Good Charlotte (DC band!) songs prepped for tonight. Unfortunately, I have to use this one: “The Day That I Die“. I’m aware how embarrassing it is to listen to Good Charlotte: just slightly less embarrassing than listening to Billy Joel. NEW YORK BURN
Happy off-season, Caps fans. If you find something to do besides vandalism, tell me.