I don’t really have much to say to about the Washington Capitals losing to the San Jose Sharks last night. I’m a Capitals fan. It sucked. I couldn’t leave because, someday, the Capitals will come back in an ugly game like that to win and I don’t want to say, “Yeah, I left early.” It’s gotta happen sometime, right? The Capitals have been on the wrong end of that bouncing puck enough times, right? Sigh. It didn’t happen last night.
The only thing worth noting from my perspective was Joel Rechlicz. In his first period shift (singular) he was running around with more energy than anyone else wearing red and tried to get something going with anyone he was in shouting distance of in addition to buzzing around the Sharks net. The rest of the period, he was at the edge of the bench, yelling (what I assume were not nice words) at the Sharks and encouraging the Capitals forwards as they returned after their shifts (plural). The guy was engaged. I don’t know what he said to get his second period misconduct, but he had an audience. Worse things could happen than for some of that attitude to rub off on the guys that get more than a couple minutes of ice time per game.
I have some photos below and on flickr.