Tit for Tat

After only four games each, the Defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and supposedly Worst Team in the League Washington Capitals are, by all accounts, doing just as well (or just as shitty) as each other.

Updates: Annoyingly long body copy moved to after the jump, plus a report from Tampa thanks to my brother.

Things look bleak in the city by the bay, with the other Vinny (Vaclav Prospal) leading in points (4) and the rest of the all-star roster playing middle-of-the-road hockey at or below their expected output… with the possible exception of Brad Richards. I haven’t been paying much attention to the Bolts so far this season, so I can’t comment on individuals or overall game performance, etc.

Meanwhile, in our nation’s capital, that other rookie phenom (Alex Ovechkin, not Sidney Crosby, duh) leads the team with 5 points by way of 3 goals and 2 assists and more than a few teeth-rattling checks on the unsuspecting opposition. Team captain, Jeff Halpern has 4 assists and Olie Kolzig plays well, yet gets scored on more than your Mom during shore leave. I’ve seen all three home games so far this season; if you put aside Ovechkin’s overall stellar play and the occasional huge hit by Brenda Twitt and a couple of rookies with forgetful names… it’s a lot like watching the Lightning of old. Deja vu suckage, if you will. There are sparse sparks of luck (read: goals) during 60 minutes of zero effectual offense and a lacking defense.

Sure, we’re only four games into the season, but if these numbers are a harbinger of this season’s performance by my two teams, then I’m going to cry often. Wouldn’t it be a kick in the ass if Ovechkin won the Calder trophy while playing for the “worst team in the league”, though?

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One thought on “Tit for Tat

  1. As far as the Bolts go… except for Opening Night, they have played a pretty average game overall.

    Their loss in Miami happened on a very shallow angle goal that caught Grahame sleeping after 58 mins. of stellar play. The empty netter sealed the deal.

    The next game was the second part of a home-and-home with the Panthers…decent enough for a win. The Bolts took some stooooopid penalites in the last 5 of regulation, but Grahame came through with some Doc Ock saves to preserve the win.

    Last night, however, they just sucked. Couldn’t complete the pass, couldn’t finish their checks, couldn’t make line changes properly, ad nauseum. Four games in six days was apparently Grahame’s limit, as Burke finally got to see some action after goal number 4.

    There is hope – seen some solid play at times at both ends of the ice. Just need to string it together for a full game.

    As far as the Caps…remember in 2002-03 the Bolts were picked to finish 30th out of 30 teams by Sports Illustrated? They won the division and had a nifty little promotion where everybody brought in their old copies of SI for a very large bonfire party. There is ALWAYS hope, at least until the Olympic Break.

    Ovechkin seems like the real deal, making an immediate impact instead of coming along slowly like Crosby. I’m rooting for Ovechkin for the Calder, just because calling some kid the “Next One” (Crosby) is just as moronic as calling somme other rookie the “Michael Jordan of Hockey” (Lecavalier).

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