Washington Capitals. There was a team that tried its hardest, it really did. An honest effort led to...well, not nearly as ugly as loss as last week. Still, it was yet another marker in the "L" column.
I hate to sound like I'm mailing it in, but it's been a pretty hectic week with it being the holidays and all. Besides, no one does Caps game summaries better than Japers Rink, so here you go.
I will say this much--I liked the overall effort from the game last night. Save for one brief moment when John Carlson had an inexplicable brain fart, that is.
And not that you can ever blame a loss on the refs (Lord knows I've tried) but no penalties called on one team until two and a half minutes left? Puh-leeeeeze. You CANNOT be serious. We're talking Blaine Angus level of incompetence.
So far Hunts has an 0-1 record but fear not. If last night was any indication that the winds of change have shifted then we're due for better days indeed. Just hoping that those winds blow a bit faster because an old familiar foe comes calling tomorrow night with full force. Should be a good one. I hope.
Just a bit more I thought I'd add....I hate to kick someone when they're down, but pushing out Bob Woods was a very good call. Honestly, I really don't think he added much if anything at all to the Caps. He ran the defense but seemed little more than a yes-man to the Bruce. He's built up something of a resume with his AHL results, there's no need to worry about him. Worst case scenario he'll ride Boudreau's coattails to his next job. But I'm glad he's gone because it shows the team is serious about a fresh start. And Jim Johnson will serve as an excellent guide for the D-corps.