Well, that wasn’t very good. One day after a big win in Boston + one day after a bad loss for Florida + a substandard effort from the Caps = a very long afternoon at Verizon Center.
Here are few quick tidbits: (side note: I won’t be around the next two days, but my colleagues, Stephen Whyno and Ryan O’Halloran, will be on the prowl)
* Bruce Boudreau said he didn’t pull Jose Theodore because he was upset with his play.
“Not at all,” he said “If it wasn’t for Jose, it would have been 4- before the penalty shot. I pulled him to protect him with the way we were going. “Everybody seems to like to rain on him in the first place. He keeps us in the first five minutes of the game and he makes some great saves. … We we’re there to protect him so I had to protect him myself.”
* Boudreau said Milan Jurcina and John Erskine didn’t play much in the third period because he was hoping the team could pick up a quick goal or two and make a run at it, so with Sergei Fedorov back there he only went with five defensemen.
* The Caps once great home record has suffered from losing three of five here at the Phone Booth. The Caps now have more home regulation losses than six teams in the league.
* This was the team’s 11th straight sellout, which is a club record. It is too bad they spent most of the day booing the home team and half of them were gone by the time Alex Ovechkin scored to make it 6-2.
* Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to 10 games, a career-high.
* As for how this went, Matt Bradley did a pretty good job of it:
“There are no excuses for what we did today. Every guy was not prepared and we didn’t play our game at all. It’s disappointing when you have such a good game against Boston yesterday and come back with an effort like this. We’re all individually going to have to look at ourselves and how we prepared and why we weren’t ready for the game.”