Found March 30, 2012 on Sportaholics Anonymous:
Thursday night, I watched with my fifteen-month-old daughter as the Washington Capitals played the Boston Bruins and gave one of their best performances of the entire season.  For the first 56 minutes, at least.  
The game was scoreless through 48 minutes, before the Capitals scored twicein a two minute span to take a seemingly insurmountable lead at 2-0, with 10:06 left to play.  But no deficit is too large when a team is playing the Washington Capitals. 
Sure enough, Boston scored twice within the last 3:15 to tie the game and force overtime. 
I should have been happy that the Capitals were assured of 1 point, which is extremely valuable in their push for the playoffs.  But I wasn’t happy at all.  The game should have been over at that point, and the Caps should have earned the full 2 points. 
In fact, I was so upset with the Capitals that when overtime ended, I muted the TV in disgust and walked into the next room with my daughter, even as the shootout began.  When I walked back into the TV room, the first round had ended and the Capitals were up 1-0.  Unfortunately, I missed another dose of “The Paralyzer”:


While watching the highlights of another ridiculous Matt Hendricks shootout goal, I unmuted the TV.  But things went downhill quickly for the Capitals: Tyler Seguin scored for Boston, Alex Ovechkin was denied by Tim Thomas, and Patrice Bergeron netted another goal for the Bruins to push the Capitals to the brink entering the bottom of the third round.  I realized that the Capitals weren’t playing well while I had the volume on, so I muted the TV again.  Seemingly on command, Sasha Semin,a master of the shootout, scored to extend the game. 
I kept the TV on mute as Michal Neuvirth stoned Rich Peverley.  And then I watched in silence as Brooks Laich scored the game winner on a sweet backhander to the top shelf.  Laich shot the puck into such a small window that the only way I knew the Capitals had won was by seeing Bruins goalie Tim Thomas skate off the ice in defeat…before falling on his face at the bench: 


From now on, I have decided to watch all shootouts in silence. 
Maybe if I watch the entire game in silence the Washington Capitals won't need the shootout anymore. 



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