It wasn’t everything the Caps wanted for Christmas, but it came pretty close.
The Washington Capitals lost in the shootout last night to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Drama filled? This game had it in spades. You’d think a game like that would be a great centerpiece for a sports reality show or something… Maybe HBO Sports could get on that?
Despite the 3-2 loss, the Caps have a lot to be pleased about. Going into tonight, the Caps were on a two game win streak after a brutal eight game tailspin. The wins came against Ottawa and New Jersey, not exactly tough challenges for the Caps to overcome. Last night’s game against the rival Penguins was a true test of grit, and the Caps passed with flying colors. No fan should be hanging their head this Christmas.
“We’re back. We’re back to the style of hockey we can play,” said defenseman Karl Alzner. “That was one of the questions that [was] going around. Hopefully, we silenced a few of them. We had a low scoring game and we played solid for 60-minutes. It was a grade-A effort from our team. That’s what we like to see.”
Leave out the fact that the Nationals are currently leading the National League Wild Card race (yes, it’s early, but still, little victories down by the Navy Yard are always worth heralding): this hasn’t been a fantastic year for DC sports. The Caps saw a fantastic regular season amount to naught, the Redskins and Wizards struggled mightily, and it took United hundreds of minutes to net their first MLS goal this season. I mean, Steinberg reported that we live in only the 7th most miserable sports city, but it has certainly felt a little bit rougher than that.
Therefore, I hereby propose that the last two nights have offered some solace for District fans. Both Ovechkin’s NHL rival, a certain Canadian forward who plays in Pittsburgh, and LeBron James, who’s Cavaliers had given the Wizards a fit throughout the last seven years, saw their respectiveseasons come to an end in playoff losses. Does it take away the sting of that Caps’ loss to the Canadiens or the dismal NBA season? Not completely. But maybe it’s a small amount of peace.
Now, if this could continue and DC could send some of that angst for Philadelphia and the Flyers to help out the Bruins tonight, I know at least one WLDC writer who’d be happy…