After Surprise Trade, Washington Capitals Lose To Carolina 6-3

December 28th, 2009 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
Most of the Washington Capitals didn't hear about their captain being traded away until they reached Verizon Center for Monday night's game against the last-place Carolina Hurricanes.  Once they took the ice, they played exactly like a team that had their heart ripped out, as they played sloppy, mistake-filled hockey for much of the first half of the game.  Carolina (10-22-7) scored the first three goals of the game en route to a convincing 6-3 win over the current NHL points leader. Eric Staal had two goals and three assists to lead the worst team in the league to just their second road win of the season—their 10th overall. The Capitals traded captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus in exchange for forward Jason Chimera. The move surprised not just those left behind, but Clark himself. I'm shocked," Clark told the Washington Post . "But then you start looking to the team where you're going. So now I'm trying to put all my energy into who's on the team, how they're doing and where I'll be playing my next game." Washington (24-9-6) played terribly flat early,and managed only four shots on goal in the first period. Additionally, Nicklas Backstrom took a four ...

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