The numbers say that the New York Islanders ran away with Game 1 against the Washington Capitals in a 4-1 win. Apparently the eye test said the same thing to the Capitals.
Or would you call it the odometer, instead? Brooks Laich ranked among the Washington players who believed that the Isles skated his team out of the Verizon Center, as the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt reports.
“The result is that we looked like a slow team,” Laich said.
Several Capitals expressed that belief, according to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley.
Speed wasn’t the only concern, mind you. There were more generic worries about “compete level” and likely other cliches you’d expect after a fairly one-sided bout.
On the bright side, the Caps aren’t overreacting to a tough loss, either.
The outlook for a long series wouldn’t seem so optimistic if Washington doesn’t put a better effort forward in Game 2 on Friday, though.