Following up on Friday’s feature on the Washington Capitals:
I had a chance to check out a lot of Saturday night’s Capitals-Sharks game. San Jose has ranged from adequate to putrid at home this season, but last night they came out flying, skating like crazy and scoring the first goal of the game, an edge they were able to carry throughout the game. Eventually, two third period goals put the Sharks ahead for good.
That game’s result demonstrates just how tall a task the Capitals will face for the rest of the season, and into the postseason. It’s a truism that defending champions always get every team’s best shot when they play; the Capitals, with their gaudy record and substantial media hype, are already getting that treatment before they’ve even won anything.
Add that weight to the burden Washington already carries due to previous playoff failures, and it’s almost impossible to believe they’re going to make it through and win the Cup, even with the record they’ve already posted. The uphill climb is just going to get steeper.