Maybe the Washington Capitals’ Verizon Center Ice is Just That Bad

April 26th, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »

The Washington Capitals have struggled at home against the outmatched Montreal Canadiens in their first round playoff series.

The first two games in Washington featured a comedy of bad bounces, stumbling skaters, and what seemed to be not really playoff-quality play or ice. Montreal managed to get all the bounces sneaking away with an overtime victory in game one. Despite a complete collapse in the third period of game two they still had a chance to win as that game went to overtime as well.

Once on Montreal ice, the Capitals skated past the hapless Habs to an almost uncontested 5-1 win. Game four saw Les Habitants dominate the Capitals for two periods. Once Washington got their skating legs under them though, four third period goals settled the game decisively.

The Washington team playing in Montreal looked luckier and considerably better than the team forced into two overtimes at home. They returned home with great hopes of finishing the series early.

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