Trying to think of an instance in NHL history in which a 120-pt., President’s trophy winning club one season endured during the very next 7-0 and 6-0 whitewashings at the hands of a longstanding, bitter rival — one who executed the beatdowns from a lower position in the standings. Has it ever happened before? Ever?
What is most infuriating about Friday night — perhaps — is that the Capitals in effort and achievement were clones of their previous appearance on home ice — a lifeless 4-1 humiliation to L.A. on February 12 that also had the home crowd howling its disgust.
- In their last three home games the Capitals have scored a grand total of 1 goal.
- Since December 4, 2010, the Capitals have played 18 home games. They’ve won a grand total of 5 of them.
- Whose responsibility it to ensure that whoever is wearing a Capitals’ red sweater leaving the team’s locker room and marching out onto Verizon Center ice before an ever sold out arena at 7:00 in the evening . . . acts as if he gives a damn about what happens over the next 135 minutes?
- Great time to invoice season ticket holders for a healthy increase for next season, no?
- The Capitals have now been shut out nine times on the 2010-11 campaign. You have to go back to the team’s inaugural season of ’74-’75 — when they were one of the worst teams in the history of professional sports — and the 45-loss club of 1998-99 to find rivals for such offensive infamy.
- If you are George McPhee this very moment, would you be of the opinion that a trade or two could fundamentally reorient the heart of this hockey club?