I'm not going to waste my time doing a full recap. It was a goaltender's duel until some goals were scored, some of the fluky kind. Then they lost in the bogus ending known as the NHL mandated shootout. End of story.
This was the first of what will be many "gotta have" games. Well they didn't get but a loser point, which I suppose is better than nothing. But when you're in "every point counts" mode where regulation wins put you in a better position to get in the playoffs, it's not good enough.
I will close with these observations:
1. First and foremost, the Caps don't seem to want to make the playoffs, so therefore they will not make the playoffs.
2. Dale Hunter is a good coach, but his system doesn't fit the talent on this team. Or the players don't fit his system. Take your pick. One way or another there will be change as this season has been an abject failure.
3. Brooks Laich's stick breaking then his trying to play with it last night is symbolic of this season. It's not exactly Jason Doig in the 2003 playoffs, but you get the idea.
4. Is anyone else as sick of the shootout as I am? Let them play four-on-four for a whole period if they have to. Other sports have no issue with that.