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Capitals flop again as Devils dominate them 5-0

Mar 2, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals still have a great chance to make the playoffs, but Friday stopped a momentum-building week with a thud. The New Jersey Devils slammed the door harshly on the Caps’ three-game winning streak, handing them a 5-0 defeat in another non-statement game for Washington.

Zach Parise got banged up a bit in the contest, but not before scoring a hat trick by the three-minute mark of the second period. It turned out that New Jersey would only need his first tally, which came on the power-play in the first frame.

Playoff implications

While the Philadelphia Flyers hold the tie-breaker because they have an extra game in hand, Philly and New Jersey are essentially tied for fifth place in the East with 77 points.

The Capitals squandered an opportunity to take Winnipeg’s eighth spot as the Jets remain ahead of them with 70 to the Caps’ 69 standings points. Washington still has two games in hand, but a loss like this could set up a photo finish.

It might not just be between Washington and Winnipeg, either. The Toronto Maple Leafs made a desperate plea to get in the mix by changing head coaches while the Tampa Bay Lightning just beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime to climb into 10th place with 67 points.

There’s still more than a month to go, but if the Caps fail to make the postseason, they’ll look at games like these will plenty of remorse.

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    So glad Dale Hunter has failed

  2. ravenscaps48 - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    C-A-P-S SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!!!!!! FIRE DALE, FIRE GMGM, FIRE EVERY PLAYER NOT WEARING 8, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 81

    • soupcansid - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      you mean 87

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I would take a mushy brained Crosby over 10 of our current Roster Members

  4. 8man - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I was at the game last night. I brought my whole family to see their first live hockey game. The “Red” couldn’t even muster a single goal so my kid could see the Verizon Center light up. Hideous performance in their own building against a team that played the night before. I don’t know what’s wrong with this team, but it goes deep.

    • crazemastercraze - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      starting to think it starts with number 8 being the captain of the team. i don’t think anyone other than semin really likes this guy. he’s overpaid and immature and i think its rubbing off on the team as a whole. he gets preferential treatment from the organization and sponsors and he really doesn’t deserve it. you can only be a showoff for so long as a regular season player and if you don’t produce when it matters(the playoffs) then the varnish starts to strip away….

  5. stakex - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    This Caps team needs huge changes. Its not just the lack of Backstrome. Its not just Ovi’s off year. Its not just Green being hurt for a long time. Its not even a combination of these things… its a complete lack of cohesion and utterly sloppy play from the Caps as a whole. No one person is really to blame for this. They need a complete reworking with perhaps some new players, new coach, and a new system that actually fits the play style of the players on the team.

    Oh, and a better goalie would do wonders… not to lay all the blame on the Caps goalies either, but a top notch goalie can certainly help keep your team in a game like the one last night.

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