John Aloysius Farrell of U.S. News and World Report sees the Washington Capitals as the District’s best chance of breaking its big-four championship drought . . . and we, unsurprisingly, agree. Farrell is by no means starry-eyed, acknowledging that the Caps aren’t impervious (are they pervious then?) to the occasional butt-whooping, but his overall assessment is strong:
These Caps play a game of hockey, based on raw talent, young legs, and crisp passes, that Washington fans have not known. You can take that from me, who fell for the team in its beginnings (remember Ace Bailey? Guy Charron?), and recognized far too many of those grizzled old-timers–starting with Yvon Labre–who showed up to honor hall-of-famer Mike Gartner, whose jersey was retired last night.
Don’t dwell on his attempt to base a story on Ovechkin’s goal against Toronto; rather, it’s his analysis of the D.C. sports scene and of the Capitals that makes for a worthwhile read.