The Caps' game on Sunday vs. the Flyers was a hard loss, since that was a winnable game against an Eastern Conference foe. On the plus side, this has been the second consecutive game when the Phone Booth has been pretty full (in fact, it was the second largest crowd this season, per the WaPo). The last home game was against Colorado, a team that doesnt get to play in DC very often. And the Flyers are one of the Caps traditional enemies, with the Daniel Briere-AO enmity adding to the effect. Lets hope that the new schedule next year brings in more teams that we havent seen in a few years, and with that more fans. And it'll probably take an act of God, but maybe one of these years, divisions will be tweaked so that the Caps can re-kindle those old rivalries (like the Flyers) that pack the house at the VC.
Tarik has Chris Clark nailing yesterday's loss:
"Every time we tried something cute, or out of the game plan, or individualistic, it ended up in the back of our net," Clark said.And even worse news - Clark has apparently re-injured his groin, and is being assessed.
Corey has BB's view:
After winning four of five and losing once in regulation in the past eight contests (5-1-2), Washington failed to continue the momentum in the second of a critical five-game homestand.
"They're only going to give you so many opportunities," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Eventually Carolina is going to start winning a lot of games, and the teams in the division that are losing are going to start winning. We have to make hay. This is a big week for us."
I would also add the power play should probably start shooting on net, instead of making elegant passes to each other.In other hockey news:
The Senators lost at home on Sunday to the Islanders, and will be riding that into Tuesday's game versus the Caps. To add insult to injury, both Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza are injured.
The Leafs turned Scotty Bowman away from a position with the team. Yeah, really.