Well…that was painless.
I figured it was over as soon as the Caps fell behind 1-0 last night. You remember that sequence, right? Mike Green had a glorious scoring chance at the one end, failed to convert, and the Rangers went right back down the ice and connected on a somewhat-lame shot to go up by a goal.
I assumed that was all New York would need, but I hung around long enough to watch them go up 2-0 and 3-0.
I knew it was over at that point.
And the Caps squander yet another 2-0 playoff series lead.
Give them credit, at least, for sticking around and making it interesting for the better part of ten days, something Montreal and Minnesota couldn’t do in their respective series’.
But, in the end, the Caps inability to win a crucial Game 7 on their home ice was the story, just like it was when they let the Flyers, Canadiens and Penguins eliminate them in DC in the do-or-die 7th game during this, the “Ovechkin Era”.
As for The Great Eight, he was more like The-Great-Can’t-Get-A-Shot-on-Net in Game 7. Nothing there. Just a bunch of skating and wild hits and oooh’s and ahhh’s from the crowd, but no red lights to help the cause.
I’ve said this for about five years now and I’ll keep saying it: Ovechkin is a very good player. But he’s not a winner.
In the on-going aftermath of Sergio Garcia’s epic meltdown at Sawgrass on Sunday, he said Tiger Woods started his shenanigans on the first hole Saturday when he bit into an apple as Garcia was addressing his opening tee shot.
Consider me shocked.
I assumed Tiger had someone slice the apple up for him prior to play.
As for Garcia…give it a rest, bro. You tried hard. You played well. You lost. It’s golf. Crazy stuff happens. People eat apples, for instance.
Tiger, though, is getting smacked around a little bit for evidently stretching the truth in his post-round interview on Saturday. When asked about the incident involving Garcia on the 2nd hole, where the Spaniard was upset because of noise from the gallery connected with Tiger preparing to hit his 2nd shot, Woods said, “I couldn’t even see Sergio because of the crowd around me. The marshals told me it was OK to hit, so I pulled my club and got ready to do that.”
Tiger’s story doesn’t jibe with the stories now being shared by the two marshals who were there, patrolling the hole. Neither of them said a word to Woods – according to both men – and he didn’t ask them any questions about Garcia.
One of them has been quoted as saying, “To me, it shows a lack of integrity from Tiger.”
Gee, I’m stunned by that.