Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 10/27/14
The Washington Capitals fell flat again on Wednesday night, failing to capitalize on a big opportunity to beat a team behind them in the playoff standings, falling to the Florida Panthers 4-2 inside BankAtlantic Center.  The Capitals were sunk by two Mikael Samuelsson goals, both soft.  Michal Neuvirth was below average for the Caps, but Brooks Laich scored and John Carlson scored his first goal since December 7th in another demoralizing loss.  If the playoffs started today, the Capitals...would not be in them.  Let that roll around in your head for a second. The game got off to a painfully slow start, with little offensive flow or action in the opening seven minutes, as one team had played the night before and the other had not played in over a week.  Finally, with a little over five minutes left in the first period, there was some action, though it wasn't good for Washington, as they were sent to the penalty kill.  Though the Caps were able to kill off the minor, the Panthers...
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