A lackluster effort by the Washington Capitals in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets was enough to earn the scorn of Don Cherry. The “Hockey Night In Canada” icon, known for his outlandish suits and sometimes even more outlandish opinions, crushed the Caps on Twitter Wednesday morning.
“WSH players should be embarrassed. Not many guys worked up a sweat. They should check their underwear,” Cherry wrote in a series of Twitter posts. “All the guys except Hendricks. Him and Thorburn had a beauty. A lot of empty seats there.”
Let’s take those one by one. Talking to a few Caps players after the loss, they were down, even if embarrassed is too strong a word.
“There’s system stuff, there’s hard work stuff. Tonight, even if we have breakdowns in the system we should be able to fix ‘em with hard work,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “There wasn’t enough of that.”
Matt Hendricks was widely praised, for fighting Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn and for scoring his first goal of the season.
“Obviously when he scored, I thought it was a big goal and I thought it was going to really get us going. And the penalties derailed us,” coach Adam Oates said. “But that’s the type of guy he is. That’s what I heard about him. He showed it again tonight. He’s willing to win at all costs.”
It was a late-arriving crowd, something that could be blamed on the new ticketing system where all games are put on a card for season-ticket holders.
The Caps announced it as the 154th straight sellout. It wasn’t as electric an atmosphere as many expected, but the Caps also didn’t do a whole lot to generate noise.
Cherry’s final tweet: “My buddy, money man, Evander Kane, was spectacular. I look for him to get over 30 goals. Great game for Winnipeg.”
Thirty might be a stretch, unless Kane plays the Caps for all 48 games. In 16 career games against Washington, he now has nine goals and four assists.