Oct 16, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Rangers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers: A Moral Victory?

First off, I must confess that I missed the first part of the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers game due to an iPad mini purchase by my wife.  We are very excited to welcome our new baby into our household and it requires a certain bit of care before we could take it home.

With that caveat, this post may be completely oblivious to the play of the Caps in that first period and a half.  When I jumped in, we were already down two to nothing and sadness sunk into my heart along with a good dose of melancholy.

But what did I behold?  A team that was playing good, solid hockey and I don’t mean the Rangers.  From my viewpoint, the Caps tightened up their defense, were more aggressive and were working hard.

This I think is the definition of a moral victory.  The Caps appeared to be playing the game the right way and were generating chances.  Again, didn’t see the first thirty minutes so may have missed a lot.

I know that the Caps fool us time after time into believing that they have changed and every time I fall for it.  But this time, it does feel different.

Remember that our goal at this stage isn’t the playoffs.  We’ve been there the last five years and have stunk.

Our goal is to either get a high draft pick so we can add another stud or make a deep playoff run.  While it may just be the Rangers style of play, that Capitals team tonight showed flashes of the keys to success in the playoffs.

Obviously, they have a lot to do in order to get into that position.  But once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen.

If the Capitals are playing solid hockey, they can beat anyone on any given day.  They have weaknesses, sure, especially at the back end but things look to be coming together.

While I hate losing, I would rather lose like this than lose like we did to the Colorado Avalanche or even win like we did against the Calgary Flames.

It’s early, we can afford it.  The Caps are famous for the late season surges.  There’s a reason they used to be called the Cardiac Caps.


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