Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ah, where do I start with this one? The New York Rangers made an awesome impersonation of jolly old St. Nick and gave out an early Christmas present to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
I don't really want to re-cap the game, because the Blueshirts have left me in a bah-humbug sort of mood. How can you squander a 4 goal lead against a depleted Caps team? Let's start with terrible giveaways. Which one you ask? Well, there were so many that I'd run out of space if I went over them all. The no hit rule? Yeah, that's funny. Let's see... you have one of the most exciting players in the NHL, in Alexander Ovechkin, and you let him run wild over you. Sorry, but a couple of hits by Dawes and Staal don't do it for me. Ovechkin plays on the edge and is physical himself - which means to me that he's fair game. If you live by the sword, you die by it too. Instead, Ovechkin showed the crowd at MSG what a true leader does. He hit, he hustled, and he scored (the last one was the key). It also helps when a team lets you off the hook and doesn't bury you when it was 4-0.
I know the Rangers got a point, but I wonder if the players get the point about finishing teams off. Where's the killer instinct? You work hard to get a 4-0 lead, but you hardly work to lose it 5-4. Sorry, there's no sugar coating this one. Christmas came early for the Capitals, courtesy of the New York Rangers. This one will be remembered as "How the Ovechkin stole Christmas"...
However, I'd just like to end this on a positive note, wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Over and out!