Update (3:50 PM): Corrected headline. Had the score reversed like a moron. Sorry. – Matt
Uh, Bad Start: The Caps gave the Wings very little margin for error in that first period. The Wings looked to be in reasonable shape, but once they started making mistakes, they found there would be no forgiveness. Generally, for example, it is a bad idea to leave Alexander Ovechkin open in the slot. As they did on the first Washington goal. And even Mike Knuble has been known to score from the slot if left uncovered. Also, letting Ovechkin walk up the gut with impunity should be frowned upon in defensive circles.
Jimmy: Hung out to dry, for sure. Yet not his usual sharp self, either. Now we have an idea why.
Holmstrom: This dumb rock is embarrassed by his decision to throw a guy into the goalie on the Emmerton goal in the first period. Love you, Homer, but that was stupid.
Slew Foot: Google it and you should see the Caps’ fourth goal. But only if you’re not a ref—your vision will black out if you are.
Power Play: The Wings finally got a PPG. But the PP wasn’t particularly great the rest of the night. They’ve still got some work to do.
On the Board Again: The Bertuzzi goal sparked something in the Wings, as they looked more involved after that point. Unfortunately, they were too far behind the eight-ball by that point.
Smith: Still often has his baby D-man moments, but sprinkles in plenty of real NHLer moments, too. Last night was no exception.
Zetterberg: Stupid, stupid penalty. I’m still annoyed about it. He’s a leader on this team and has to be better than that, with the team in a position to tie it up. Dumb.
The Race: No points gained. That’s not good. They’re now sitting four points up on the Hawks, and could well slip into 6th. That may beat facing Nashville in the first round, but considering how close the Sharks are to overtaking the Stars, I’m not such a fan. The last thing this group needs is the mental crap that comes with San Jose, even if the Sharks are not the team they have been.