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.
If you really want to read about the game anyway, try Ed Frankovic first, then the rest, like Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and District Sports Page.
I have some photos below and on flickr.
You can’t ask much more from your goalie than to give you a chance to win. When the goalie allows just two goals on 36 shots, he’s done his job. Unfortunately, the Washington Capitals gave him nothing to work with as they were shut out once again, this time by the San Jose Sharks. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before this year.
Overall, it was bit of a lackluster game, which was sad, because the second half of the game was one of my rare opportunities to see how the other half lives by sitting downstairs. There wasn’t much hitting, or really any intensity at all from either team. If there was one thing that I walked out of Verizon Center with, it was a once popular Twitter hostage: #NeedsMoreBradley. If you want to read more about it, visit Japer’s Rink or Ed Frankovic. I don’t think anyone else had it in them to write anything tonight.
On a programming note, my next Capitals game will be in Phoenix next week, followed by Anaheim two days later. Hopefully I’ll get photos and be able to post in a timely manner. We’ll see. For now, look at some of my photos from this game below or on flickr.