4-1 loss to the Canadiens signals panic time for the Caps
It is now time to panic.
The Caps are 0-3 after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
More shocking than the record is the regression.
What was once a below average penalty kill unit is now a horrible penalty kill unit.
What was once one of the two best players in the league has become a shell of his former self.
What was once a young team, full of promise, now looks like a team of lost causes.
What was a team conceivably within one lousy penalty of the Eastern Conference Finals is looking awfully lost at the moment.
Losing isn't the problem. Teams lose all the time. Three-game losing streaks happen all the time.
Losing and looking this clueless, idea-starved and impotent? It's cause for major alarm.
The first period was actually quite nice. The game seemed to be even and the Caps even killed a penalty, no small feat this year.
They were even within four seconds of killing off a two-man advantage when the Habs scored their first.
Their second, on another power play, came 57 seconds later.
Heads dropped. Desperation sunk in. Might as well have hit the showers then.
It's another game lost on the penalty kill.
First off, the Caps have been shorthanded 18 times in three games. That has to change.
They also miss Brooks Laich on the kill but this problem is bigger than one man. Bad positioning, bad coverage, just bad.
Before last night's game, Mathieu Perreault voiced his concerns over his ice time.
Caps coach Adam Oates gifted Perreault a start, an olive branch.
Perreault returned the favor with a penalty 33 seconds into the game. But from then on, Perreault was good. He was again on the fourth line, this time with Marcus Johansson and Joey Crabb.
The line put in some gritty shifts and with extra effort from Perreault.
The effort got Perreault on the line on a power play.
That's a squeaky wheel oiled, in my book.
In the middle of the first period, the news broke that former Caps winger Mike Knuble would sign with the Flyers tomorrow.
He made a heck of an impression on Caps media. all their tweets were about how much a pleasure it was to cover him.
Whatever Knuble has lost over the years in ability, he makes up for in professionalism.
It'd be nice to have that on this Caps team at the moment.
The lone goal tonight came from Joey Crabb.
Add him to the list with Troy Brouwer, Wojtek Wolski, Matt Hendricks and Joel Ward, the leader of them all with two goals.
That list. Yeegh.
Today starts Wardwatch. Each day he continues to lead the Caps in goals scored (or is tied for the lead), Wardwatch shall continue.
May Wardwatch last until...someone else scores a few goals. Maybe that Alex Ovechkin fella.