Happy Monday, Caps fans! Hopefully all of you are rested and recovered from last night’s blowout.
We are entering the home stretch of the regular season, and last night’s drubbing at the hands of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins is not doing much to alleviate concerns that the Washington Capitals might have peaked too early.
After dominating the first five minutes of play, the Penguins quickly scored two goals and despite eventually tying the game at two, the Caps would never take the lead as the Penguins moved on to win 6-2.
It was a charged and emotional affair that had a very noticeable playoff atmosphere. Hits were aplenty, the crowd was into it, and it was an overall exciting game to watch.
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Last night’s result, as the Washington Capitals record shows, is an outlier rather than the norm. Perhaps what the Caps needed was a kick in the rear by a hated rival to turn their game around as the playoffs quickly approach.
The Washington Capitals will have today off before traveling to Ottawa to face the Senators on Tuesday night.
Here are today’s Washington Capitals Clicks!
- Here are your recaps from last night’s game, which we will never speak of again (RMNB, Japers Rink, NoVa, Friends in Cold Places, CSN)
- Last night’s 6-2 defeat was the worst result for the Washington Capitals since the second game of the season, when they hosted the San Jose Sharks in a 5-0 loss.
- At the same time, it wasn’t all bad…
- Limiting rest might be the right move moving forward for the Caps (Stars and Sticks)
- An in depth look at Evgeny Kuznetsov, the assist machine (The Hockey Writers)
- Kuzya’s 73 points in 70 games still have him in the team lead.
- The Holtbeast is still in line to break Martin Brodeur’s record (NJ.com)
- However, performances like last night won’t help his cause.
- We want you to start your day off an a good note, so here are several players from the South Carolina Stingrays (Caps’ ECHL affiliate) dancing (Capitals Outsider)
Stay tuned to Stars and Sticks for continuing Caps coverage!