The Carolina Hurricanes blew up the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at Verizon Center, 4-1. A disastrous 4-minute stretch of the second ended the Caps hopes of victory, as the Canes scored 3 times. No one was covered in laurel leaves for the Caps, who only managed to score long after the Canes had stopped caring. However, thanks to the lame-itude of the “Metropolitan” Division, the Caps continue to stagger along, like a drunk walking home, in second place.
Throughout the night, the Canes kept an edge in shots on goal. For most of the night, that didn’t matter. Midway through the first, Jeff Skinner scored on a wrister, but the Caps were still in the game, and at the rate the Canes committed penalties, they were likely to stay that way. Then with 11 minutes gone in the second, the Hurricanes kicked off a Category 3 debacle. Skinner scored on another wrister. Three minutes later, they scored on a powerplay, with Skinner assisting Andrej Sekera. 53 seconds later, Jiri Tlusty just made it look too easy with a backhand backbreaker.
Oh, 6 minutes into the third, Mike Green did score on a powerplay to collect his first goal of the season, but it didn’t really seem to matter. The Caps were not getting back in the game. And so the strange season for the Capitals continues, where they play hard on some nights, win or lose, then look befuddled and fumble away other games. Frankly, if the Caps want to be bad, that is fine: I’m a Redskins fan as well, and am used to rooting for bad teams. But this back and forth between extremes is just confusing.