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Posted at 3:41 PM ET, 12/10/2010

The low point

By Ryan Cooper

In my mind, last night's Caps game was the low point of the season so far. I can look back and chalk up the twin 5-0 losses to the Devils and Thrashers as anomalies, or rather, games you can look back on and pretty much just throw away. "Bury the game ball" if you will. But last night's game was just pure ugly. There's no way around it. It was uglier than a Susan Boyle look-a-like convention. Uglier than my bank account post-Christmas. My father would say "even ugly thinks last night's game was ugly".

The whole team (at least offensively) looks like it lacks "spark" right now. I don't know if it's a question of someone needing to kick ass and throw things in the locker room (Smokin' Al reported last night during the game that while he couldn't really understand what was being said in the locker room, he had no problem hearing it), and the energy level seemed really low last night, even in the crowd. Maybe that's something indicative of playing a team like Florida in December?

But even though they're in a drought offensively, it's not time to hit the panic button. I'm trying to keep things in perspective and stay positive, which is a difficult proposition for a lot of Caps fans, conditioned as we are to always expect the worst. For one thing, it's not even the middle of December yet. Frankly, I'd be more worried if they were blowing people out and winning 10 games in a row. I don't want them playing their best hockey yet. Also, Tomas Vokoun is the best goaltender in the world, and he did a lot to show you why last night. It happens. The power play is not going to go 0-8 every night (although I did have some scary flashbacks to the Montreal series). Things will regress to the mean, as they always seem to do.

Some Caps fans hit the panic button earlier this year. Some are hitting it now. I will keep mine in mothballs until April.

By Ryan Cooper  | December 10, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
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You don't have to hit the panic button yet, but one shouldn't just close their eyes and ignore the continuing issues that the team has. It is not quite as early as people think. The schedule is somewhat slanted towards more home games early so the Pens game on Dec.23 is home game 21, which is half the home games. There will be more travel for the rest of the season. Finally, take this how you want from an unelite Caps fan, that game was ugly, but was there really a need to make a derogatory remark about Susan Boyle's looks? It was an unnecessary statement that is mean and not funny, but does color how a reader views the remainder of your post.

Posted by: NovaCath | December 11, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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