Seconds Out

Six-point-six seconds.

There is not much you can do in 6.6 seconds. The Washington Capitals, however, proved that very notion wrong Monday. In 6.6 seconds, the Caps blew a game and possibly an entire series.

All Washington had to do was hold on for 6.6 seconds. Down by two men for 21.3 seconds due to a combination of Joel Ward’s double-minor and an empty net on the other side of the ice, the Caps had killed off 14.7 of them before Brad Richards broke free and beat both Braden Holtby and John Carlson to tie the game. Holtby’s attempt to snatch the loose puck failed and as a result, the only thing Washington snatched was defeat from the jaws of victory in a 3-2 overtime loss.

In 6.6 seconds, Ward transformed from a playoff hero into a playoff pariah. In 6.6 seconds, Washington’s highly-touted penalty kill vanished, while New York’s anemic power play finally showed some signs of life. Hours worth of work was undone in mere seconds.

Most importantly, in 6.6 seconds, Washington went from hosting an elimination game Wednesday at Verizon Center to hosting an elimination game Wednesday at Verizon Center. Except the Caps are the ones looking to stay alive.

Fortunately for them, they have at least 3,600 more seconds.

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Filed under 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Capitals, NHL, Recap

One response to “Seconds Out

  1. kk

    What a downer. Sounds positively Bostonian.

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