Capitals fans started streaming to the exits at Verizon Center during the third period last night with their team trailing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0. The final ended up being 5-1, but that wasn’t much consolation.
It was actually hard to blame anyone who left – just ask Troy Brouwer.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to pay money to see that hockey game tonight if I was a Caps fan,” he said. “It just wasn’t good enough by anybody.”
A lot of folks paid good money to see the Caps get crushed by the best team in the Eastern Conference, but one missing captain Chris Pronger and leading scorer Claude Giroux. But with the Flyers eager to point out that injuries don’t double as excuses, the Caps knew what they were up against.
And it didn’t turn out well.
“Started with our effort. It’s unacceptable,” Brouwer said. “They’re a good hockey team. That’s why they’re first in the conference right now. They worked hard and we got outworked all over tonight.”
With the Winnipeg Jets’ victory Tuesday night, the Caps fell to third in the Southeast Division. They also fell out of a top-eight spot in the East.
Some of that has to do with the rest of the league that can’t be controlled, but all too much had to do with a subpar performance against Philadelphia.
“We’re trying to build and we’re trying to climb up the standings,” forward Jeff Halpern said. “Regardless of what the last two games were, it’s an ugly game.”