We the People…love great goals not from Chicago rookies

Posted March 18, 2012

Everyday, the silent majority get louder and louder, thanks in no small part to the innovative invention of Twitter.  So when Verizon shakes and TVs are thrown, everyone’s reactions explode into 140 characters (or less) of awkward brilliance.  While you may love your 15 followers, we here at Capitals Outsider want to make sure they aren’t the only ones to hear your in-game gems.  Make it snazzy, folks. #wethepeople #caps

In case the 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks wasn’t bad enough, it should be uncomforting to know that the Washington Capitals have only 10 games left in the season.

Analyzing that further would be much more depressing, so let’s just deal with the disaster that was Sunday’s game.  Like a good laxative, we’ll first cleanse ourselves of the bad and end up feeling good (so good).

Chicago rookie Andrew Shaw (no relation to Bernard Shaw) ended up one Bryan Bickell away from his first NHL hat trick, instead getting his first two-goal NHL game.  Patrick Kane skated circles around the Caps, ending up with one goal, five shots (four on net), and two takeaways.  Mike Green registered the first shot for the Caps 16 minutes into the first period, one of three in the opening 20 minutes.  Overall, Washington was outshot 29-18.  At the faceoff dot, the Blackhawks were 65% overall while the Caps were 35%.

But seriously, good things happened.  Like a Mike Knuble goal!

Hunter really does not like that guy.

Or not.

But seriously, even Pens fans gotta admit that was cool.

Especially considering Knuble is the “A” of old people.

That's Dr. Captain Oldy Mc Old Old to you!

There was another goal that was pretty cool, even though it did nothing for the team’s energy late in the second period.  While his team may become the first to not get into the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, Alex Ovechkin became the ninth player in league history to score 30 goals in his first seven seasons.

As with all great things, there was some collateral damage.  Maury may want to get a Russian translator.