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Canes blow past Capitals 5-0

Feb 20, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

Eric Staal, Dennis Wideman AP

To some, disappointments like tonight’s 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes are just par for the course for the Washington Capitals these days.

Whether you consider it surprising or not, it was a missed opportunity for the Caps. With more regulation and/or overtime wins to their credit, the Capitals had a chance to take the Southeast Division lead but were instead embarrassed.

As much as the headlines will focus upon how much Tomas Vokoun, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and other Capitals struggled, Carolina deserves some credit too. Kirk Muller has that team playing like a playoff team in the last 12 games as they went 7-2-3 in their last 12 games.

Eric Staal stood out in particular tonight, with two goals (including a shorthanded beauty) and an assist. Justin Peters generated the first shutout of his NHL career.

There might be some rumblings of a dream playoff run for Carolina, but logic says that the team will play the role of spoilers. It’s looking like they’ll be a dangerous threat in that regard, then.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Hard to give too much credit when the games handed to them. The Caps didnt even show up. Turnover after turnover. 17 total shots, zero effort it seems. This was a total joke of a performance and first place was on the line. I really believe this is the game that gets heads rolling. Expect 2 to 4 trades in the coming weeks to bring in emotional, hard nose guys, and a veteran or two, to wake this team up. Otherwise goodbye playoffs.

    • polegojim - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      @dc – I hope so. Somethings gotta change fast. It very feasible that they’ll miss the playoffs.

      Sadly, this is exactly what I’ve been talking about. The coach is a scapegoat, but it is what it is. They have little-to-no leadership and O’s turned into a head case.

      Make it happen Gents, turn over some stones and personnel. It’s time.

    • bcjim - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Agree. That was a pathetic effort. For the first time I am accepting that they are not making the postseason.

  2. zestypickles - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    They legitimately look like a pee-wee team. flat footed in the d-zone, countless “olay” moves, pathetic to watch. might as well call their sticks magic wands with the way they half assedly wave them around, refusing to lay a body on anybody

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with both of you..Worst game EVER..they didn’t even get of the plain..I’m not a fair weather fan but even i had to turn if off after the the shorty…NO heart what so ever.Henny should dropped the gloves after the fast two, not after they went down four..As you guys said heads need to roll.This team needs heart and soul to even think playoffs and they don’t have one ounce of it….Sad day in D.C as usual, get a chance to get back in it and blow it away completely..Then to go to Ottawa of all places next. Stick a fork in them.

    • zestypickles - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      luckily I live in SE michigan so i’ve been blessed, but I feel for you guys over there. Naturally I hate Crosby and the guins so I side with the caps generally, but it’s hard to watch these guys sometimes.

  4. danphipps01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    At this rate, Florida’s gonna take the #3 spot simply by virtue of caring more about hockey and working harder. I don’t know if it’s Ovechkin and Semin leaking through to the rest of the roster, but basically everyone not named “Chimera” or “Laich” has been listless, disinterested or outright lazy this season. If nine and a half million can’t buy consistent work ethic, what in the hell can?

    • dcfan4life - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Id add Troy Brouwer (leads the team in hits) to that list. But even players like Orlav, Perrault, and Halpern, who all appear to give it there all, continue to make major mistakes. Hence why Orlav was a scratch yesterday. But no question Chimera and Laich are our heart and soul right now and we have to have more than that.

  5. sippindasyzurp - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    GO JETS GO!!

  6. stakex - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Even though I’m not a Caps fan, its really sad to see the power house from a couple seasons ago reduced to what we saw tonight. Its not even a lack of production from Semin and Ovechkin, both of which have actually been playing a lot better the last 20-30 games, its that the whole team just looks really disheveled.

    At this point, I’m not really sure if anything can help the Caps this season. Even a trade for a couple top notch players isn’t going to turn things around when the whole team is playing this bad. The one thing they do have going for them is that their division is wide open… but if they play too many more games like this the Panthers are going to blow them away.

    One thing is for sure though: Expect a new coach, and quite likely even a GM in the offseason should the Caps not make the playoffs, or make an early exit… which seems very likely right now.

  7. bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Ouch! This game just hurt. It hurt the players and the “band-wagon” fans have learned enough about hockey in the past 5 years to see every glaring mistake the team last night. For those of us who have watched them play for 20 years nothing surprises us anymore. We’re all desperate to see the Cup finally come to Washington but the play over the course of this season has seen that dream slip further and further away. People have said we (the fans) need to stop make excuses but that, to an extent, is our job. Who shouldn’t be making excuses is Dale Hunter and what’s getting me most upset is not seeing him get mad, and mad publicly. The players aren’t making excuses and I’m worried we could lose some good talent (ex. Dennis Wideman) between now and July 1 and if we don’t all see some real changes this team will not be able to rebuild its own belief that they can bring the Cup to DC.

  8. subliminalnoize - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    That was one of the most pathetic examples of hockey I’ve ever seen. Growing up in south Jersey I saw high school teams play with more heart and talent than these guys. Where were they last night, did they forget what was on the line, do they even care? All of them talk like they know what’s at steak, but never show its. Turn overs in the neutral zone, bad zone exits(the same hailmary pass to Ovi at the blue from behind their own) no board play, instead they keep putting it right in the middle of the ice. I knew better then this playing peewee hockey, if I ever made mistakes like that I was benched. Maybe Hunter needs to bench Ovi as a healthy scratch, but then that begs the question of does he even care, he’s laughing and joking in the post game interview(maybe cause he’s here on a trail contract for one year and can go back to his Knights). There needs to be a total revamping of the team, take the “C” from Ovi, give it to someone who plays with their heart on their chest, and is willing to piss off some of their team mates, instead of worrying about being a rap star. This team needs to take a good look at the 97-98 team, they played like the pissed vinegar, and made teams liked the way it tasted. I thought Hunter would of brought some of that grit and scrap to the team, my next thought is where’s Bondra?

    • bethgoesglobal - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Bondra does live in the DC area (haha). totally agree that Ovi should not be “C”- never really understood that one to begin with. Laich or Brower are my picks, maybe Knuble if he sticks around? Who do you (and everyone else) think would make a good Captain?

      • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        After a game like last night? I didn’t see a single player on the ice who looked like he deserved to have a role of leadership placed on him. They were flat, they were lazy, they seemed like they just didn’t care- every one of them. The only player I’d give a ‘C’ to is one that comes in at the deadline.

  9. zach28 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    trade ovi?… trololol

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