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Colorado crushes collapsing Caps

Oct 12, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

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For some time, Washington Capitals fans crowed about how much their team won the trade that sent Semyon Varlamov to Colorado. One can still debate that point, but the former Caps goalie enjoyed cold revenge on Saturday, as his Avalanche crushed Washington 5-1.

Caps fans might just miss Varlamov, too, as he’s starting the 2013-14 season red-hot while both Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth flounder in D.C.

Neuvirth was the victim tonight, allowing five goals on 28 shots. Colorado beat him three times at even-strength, once on the power play and even once shorthanded.

It’s super early, but some Caps fans might weep at how their goalies are comparing to Varlamov so far:

Varlamov, 25: 4-0-0, .970 save percentage, 1.00 GAA
Holtby, 24: 0-3-0, .873 save percentage, 4.04 GAA
Neuvirth, 25: 1-1-0, .893 save percentage, 3.30 GAA

Washington’s top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson has been a bright spot to start, but they had a rough night, combining for a -8 rating and zero points. Eric Fehr scored the shutout-spoiling goal in the third period.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche continue to ride high, improving their record to 5-0-0 as their goaltending remains hot and their offense continues to be dangerous and diverse (2013 first-rounder Nathan MacKinnon scored his first goal of the season and added his fifth assist).

Varlamov won’t be able to maintain a .970 save percentage much longer, and at least one of Washington’s goalies should start figuring things out, but the two teams seemed to be headed in starkly different directions on Saturday.

  1. dcfan4life - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    This is so annoying. Its becoming routine that the Caps struggle early on. Doesnt mean i like watching them suck like this even though they always get it together…

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Too bad they don’t have a crummy division to feast on this year.

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    When will ovi do anyhing thats not on the PP? Arent 4/5ths of his goals on the man advantage so far?

    • blomfeld - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      never ?

  3. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    One of these years the Caps will get themselves in a hole and they won’t be able to get themselves out of it. The Capitals can’t really afford to keep doing this year after year it’s a lot harder to get into the Playoffs now that they have the new format.

    • esracerx46 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      And arent in the southeast

  4. esracerx46 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Hey Oates, I think Wilson was right.

  5. blomfeld - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    “but they had a rough night, combining for a -8 rating and zero points” …

    ” …………………………………………………………………….”

  6. operwapitsai - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    As an out of market caps fan, maybe I should hold off on purchasing NHL Gamecenter until they drop their price…and the caps finally start to click

  7. mp1131211 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    I’m loving this. Roy has done something that no other coach could have done. He’s inspired and lit a fire inside the Avs!

  8. jernster21 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    “For some time, Washington Capitals fans crowed about how much their team won the trade that sent Semyon Varlamov to Colorado. One can still debate that point…”

    How is it even debatable at this point? They traded Forsberg (the 1st round pick they got in trade) to Nashville without even playing him a single game AND Erat is seemingly playing 3rd/4th line minutes. It’s pretty clear they lost the trade and how they’ve handled the situation all around. How there aren’t daily protests calling for McPhee’s firing is beyond me.

    • buffhockeynutt - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Hope that goes better for Caps fans than Sabres fans. Good luck!

      • jernster21 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Luckily I was on the winning side of this game, so it doesn’t bother me (well, it kinda does…if they were gonna give up Forsberg for what they did, I wish they gave the Avs a call first – haha). But as a hockey fan, and for the sake of the Caps in general, I would hope they would make that move if it was my team.

  9. pxland - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I hope George McPhee cried himself to sleep tonight.

  10. jdvalk - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    McPhee’s employer Ted Leonsis was quoted this week saying “I don’t see any weaknesses” with the team, which is why both of the GMs he inherited from Abe Pollin are still employed by him.

    • jernster21 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      The only thing worse than incompetent GM is an incompetent owner. Reminds me of when Dick Monfort, the owner of the Colorado Rockies was quoted saying that Dan O’Dowd is the best GM in all of MLB. WHAT???????!!!!!!!!?????

  11. capsfan19 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    This was awful game by the d and the goalies. Offense was putting up amazing chances to those that ACTUALLY watched the game (actually as in saw the full game btw)
    Neuvy let in 3 goalies that he should have had. So frustrating to watch… And the d just let the avs buzz around them like b’s.
    But the av’s looked great hope they have a great season with their new bench boss!
    (And yes we def lost that trade but varly gets hurt/sick waaayyyy too much)

  12. LampyB - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    I bet Oates believes they lost because the young Avs were disrespectfully showboating.

  13. chiadam - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Adam Oates probably thinks this is disrespec…oh, forget it.

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