Pay for the morning after

Pay for the morning after

The Washington Capitals dropped Game Six in DC to the Florida Panthers and the overtime loss meant their season is now over. A first-round fate that we’ve all gotten far too used to since the wonderful, fantastic summer of 2018.

The latest morning numbers will be released by October. You all rock.

  • I’m only going to use this first bullet point to say thank you for reading these after each game. I’m sure not all of you will agree with every word I say about the team and yet you’re still reading and I appreciate it. Thanks to Ian and Peter for giving me the opportunity to do these posts every season. Thanks to KP for the cool headline image. We’re going to ramp this thing up again in October. Not sure how “numerous” we’re getting here, but now to the actual game.
  • Five of the games in this series should have been won by the Caps, which is why this series is the most frustrating for me after winning the cup. They looked like a really good team and they did it without the guy who was their best striker all season. Just insane crap. This wasn’t just another breakdown of an elimination game where they looked clueless, they really put in an effort that should be good enough to win it. fourteen high risk odds at five against five for the Panthers eight.
  • Ilya Samsonov really deserves quite a bit of credit for his efforts on this series. That Giroux goal was hard to watch for sure, but he’s been absolutely elite in every game he’s played in. I don’t know what the offseason has in store for the current Caps goalies as both are restricted free agents. Can the organization ignore the months of play before Samsonov stepped in for this series? I have no idea.
  • I think people can go overboard John Carlson sometimes because I think objectively he’s a “good to great” defender. It’s just that his slips in the absolute worst of times have historically been the costliest, as evidenced by multiple occasions in this series. When he’s bad, he’s very bad. I don’t think he’s going anywhere, so the howling and roaring about him will probably stay that way, at least in my opinion.
  • Connor McMichael played a total of 3:19 Ice Age in this game. I know some of you hate that I’m talking about him right now. Would he have been the difference? nope Do I hope he has a much bigger role next season? Uh-huh.
  • Here’s the list of guys we may have last seen in a Capitals sweater as they’re unrestricted free agents this summer. Marcus Johansson, John Larsson, Justin Schultz, Michal Kempny, Matt Irwin, Phoenix Copley, Shane Gersich, and Brian Pinho. Out of this group I think only Larsson should be contacted to bring him back. I really loved that fourth line with him.

Numbers thanks to Hockey-reference.com and NaturalStatTrick.com.

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