Caps Fall Flat in Shootout

Neuvirth Does Not Stop Shootout

The Washington Capitals lost another one at Verizon Center last night, this time in the gimmick. Both the Capitals and their opponents for the second consecutive day, the New Jersey Devils looked like they wanted to play the entire game as both teams looked like they were running on fumes by the middle of the second period. At least the Capitals got to start the game with six natural defensemen playing D and all six of them were still taking regular shifts at the end of the game. Oh wait. That didn’t happen. If there was a bright spot, it looks like Brooks Laich could actually play defense if the Capitals really need it. But, if they need it, that’s not good.

If you really want to read about this game, try the usual places like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, District Sports Page, and On Frozen Blog.

Also, read Stephen Whyno’s blog entry at the The Washington Times about Roman Hamrlik’s injury. He was checked into the boards in front of the Devils bench by Vladimir Zharkov and was doubled over in pain on the Capitals bench less than 30 seconds later. Photos of the check and Hamrlik on the bench shortly after are included in the photos below and on flickr.

Even if you couldn’t enjoy the game, I hope you enjoy the photos.

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