The Washington Capitals had two games this week against the despised Philadelphia Flyers to try to turn their season around and move into a playoff position.
The final result of those two games: Flyers 4 points, Capitals 1 point.
After blowing a 4-2 lead and losing in OT on Sunday the Capitals went onto Broad Street on Wednesday and promptly laid a big colossal egg for 40 minutes. They were outskated, out hit, out coached, and outscored, 4-1, before staging a furious third period comeback that fell short, and they lost, 6-4.
The optimists will brag about the heart the team showed in coming back in the last frame.
I want to hear NONE of it.
This is the Flyers, the most hated team the Capitals have played since their inception in 1974. Playoff positioning was on the line against a team that plays as dirty as its’ smelly city.
And this is the effort you put out for a rabid fan base who has been supporting you with over 200+ straight sellouts?
This entire team, including the coaches, needs to look in the mirror after these two games and collectively figure out where each can improve to make this group of players better than the sum of its parts.
Right now, despite the obvious roster issues on defense, they are still underachieving.
It is unacceptable and it starts with effort.
You cannot play one period in a hockey game and expect to win. In the 6+ periods of this home and home the Capitals played hard in two of them, the first period on Sunday and the last on Wednesday. It wasn’t close to good enough against a mediocre, at best, Flyers club.
It is pitiful. There are too many mental mistakes along with the lack of effort.
It is maddening to watch and disappointing considering some of the high end talent on this club.
The entire crew should feel shame.
The overall effort stinks and there is not enough focus and that borders on being unprofessional.
A few more performances like this one and the only thing these guys will need to focus on for mid-April and beyond is tee times at their local country clubs.
The season is getting late and the Caps are on the outside looking in. It’s going to take some serious commitment from every guy on this team and the coaching staff to find a way to get on a run to make the post season.
The schedule is really tough, but with poor efforts and the lack of focus seen in the last two games, it doesn’t matter who you play, you will likely lose.
They’ve dug themselves a deep hole with this awful two game set that they gave away to the armpit squad of the Metropolitan Division.
I sure hope the players and coaches are too.
Now excuse me while I go find some Swami Baha records to listen to in an attempt to try and cheer myself up.
One with the universe…
Notes: Today the Caps traded Michal Neuvirth and yesterday’s acquisition, Rotislav Klesla, to Buffalo in exchange for goalie Jaroslav Halak… General Manager George McPhee was unable to swing a deal that made sense for defensive help…the best news with all of the trades over the last two days is that the Capitals now have $17+M of salary cap space available for 2014-15.