I didn't cover last night's game. My friend and new favorite writer, Abram Fox, filled in and wrote a great article:
Caps Dominate Everywhere but Scoreboard, Fall to Atlanta 2-0
It really was a disappointing loss. The caps had so many chances and failed to score, and Atlanta only managed 13 shots and scored twice. Sometimes the better team does not win the game.
The key now is to not let this linger and to get back at it on Tuesday in Columbus.
It sucks to lose to a division opponent in a big game, but my feeling since the Caps got to .500 has been that what it would take to make the playoffs is another stretch of six wins in a row -- or winning seven of eight or eight of ten -- while breaking even in the rest of the games. That would have them finishing six or seven games over .500, which should have them right in the mix for both eighth place in the East AND the Southeast Division lead.
So you can't put too much weight on one game, as important as it seemed at the time. There are still 29 games left.