Fucale’s fallible: Bruins beat Caps 7-3
On Monday night, the Washington Capitals made a goalie sandwich where the Caps’s goals were bread and inside is a juicy meat-based filling made from a billion Boston Bruins goals. Yes, this is a good introduction. I’m not going to rewrite this at all.
Conor Sheary scored twice in the first period, then Boston responded with SIX goals, chasing Zach Fucale and burning Vitek Vanecek straight away. Under the guidance of a physician, I will not recap these goals here. TJ Oshie slammed into the net to turn Ovechkin’s pass into a goal, but Marchand made it 7-2 in the race. More and more meaningless hockey was played, becoming less and less consistent until clarity suddenly came with the final buzzer.
The caps lose.
- Before entering the dark, Conor Sheary had a great first half. Substituting Carl Hagelin (on the COVID roster) with Dowd and Hathaway, Sheary added the finish to a solid line of possession. Both of his goals were scored by turnovers from the Boston goaltender Linus Ullmark in the slot.
- Good then Zach Fucale is not foolproof. Good to know. He stood out with two power play goals in the first period, then two evenly matched opposing goals (his very first) in the second period.
- Then Vitek Vanecek made his first appearance in goal since Dec. 19, allowing a goal on his first tackle shot.
– VJ (@ dcvj07) January 11, 2022
- The game started to turn when Washington got a penalty kick in the first half. They committed three minors (Kuznetsov, Dowd, Carlson) and probably received a favorable compensatory appeal (Bergeron). Boston punished Fucale in two of those power plays.
- Dude, the Caps’ finishing percentages – shooting and saving – have really cratered over the last couple of weeks. It can tend to make it seem like even the right things are catastrophic. Like, the Caps gave Boston too many tasty rushing opportunities in this game, but also a Caps goalie should hypothetically be able to stop more than zero.
- Anyway, that’s four Lis in a row. Not great.
– good_tweet_pete.eth (@peterhassett) January 11, 2022
Okay, it was a stench.
For no apparent reason that I can determine, the Caps will now have four days off before playing Long Island. Hopefully, during that time, they can regain their health, correct the power play, revisit goalkeepers, and adopt the Weagle as their primary logo.
Title image: NBC Sports Washington