Friday, March 9, 2012
Caps v Lightning (Mar 8)
So yesterday I got a last minute invitation to go see the Caps game live. Needless to say I jumped at the offer, leaving my blogger responsibilities behind. After reading some of the stuff CapsBasketball had written about the Verizon Center seeming dead with this team in the middle of a close playoff race I gotta say he was right on the money. For the first 2 and half periods the crowd was basically a non factor. I can't really say I blame them. The Caps looked unmotivated, uninspired, and un-good at hockey through that stretch. Thanks to Voko, who really kept the team in the game with some ridiculous saves, the Caps were able to stay within striking distance when they decided to get there stuff together late in the third. Mojo tied it up and unleashed the fury. Game went into overtime. Orlov made a nice pass and Ovie sent Tampa Bay packing. The place went wild and all was right with the hockey world. Except it wasn't ALL that right. It was great to get those two points. We needed those two points. Thanks to Buffalo and Florida and Winnipeg all losing last night those two points were huge. In all the excitement though its probably easy to overlook the fact that we really didn't play like we needed to win until late in the third. We probably shouldn't of won that game and even though we got the two points we let Tampa hang close in the standings by letting the game go into OT. I'm not going to rag on them that much because it was a damn fun game to watch, at least the 3rd period and overtime were. Thanks for a great show last night, but you guys don't have to make every game this exciting down the stretch. Some easy victories would be nice as well.