Montreal just ended the third longest winning streak in the history of the NHL despite another ludicrous (furious just doesn't cut it) comeback by the Capitals to wipe out a 5-2 third period deficit. It's a testament to this team that after Washington cut it to 5-4 that it seemed just a matter of time until they tied it up, even with as little as 30 seconds left.
Brooks Laich tallied what was surprisingly only Washington's second hat trick of the season, giving them an eye-popping five skaters with 20 goals at the Olympic Break (no team had more than six on the season last year).
The other game where a Cap notched a hat trick stands out as the signature game of the streak. It was the highest rated game played indoors this season. I didn't even know they were playing it, since I was buried under 30″ inches of snow with neither power, nor heat, nor any charge in my cell phone. But it's not that I was shocked that the game was played. I was shocked that there was barely any mention of the Capitals' win streak during the broadcast.
This has been a sensitive topic lately inside the beltway, largely because former Caps enforcer Alan May has claimed there is a media bias against Washington. Now although I find it ridiculous Mike Green isn't on the Canadian Olympic Team, I won't go so far as to say there's an anti-Caps bias. But the Super Bowl Sunday broadcast really hammers home the template for how announcers discuss Crosby and the Penguins at the expense of their opponents. Puck Daddy does a great job breaking it down in the CTV Olympic preview. It was said about Crosby when he came into the league, and in case you forgot it was on display on Sunday – the NHL thinks it's best for the sport if they promote Crosby and the Penguins relentlessly, any other compellng story be damned.
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Written by Ryan Cleaver
Ryan Cleaver was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where his parents were giant stone heads. He has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of his hands and he can turn his legs into tigers. On Sundays, Ryan enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. His favorite color is greenish-transparent and his favorite movie is the one you just watched.