Yes, the Capitals lost their season finale 2-0 to the Buffalo Sabres. However, they also lost where it's more important, being outscored in cowardly spearing penalties 1-0. Once again, Sabres captain Daniel Briere got into a little tussle and retaliated in the best way he knows how: spearing Caps defenseman Milan Jurcina in the mid-section after Jurcina shoved aside Briere's pathetic attempt to fight with the big kids. Unlike December 26, when Briere also showed his bravery by spearing Alex Ovechkin in the groin, he was caught and ejected. While DCO applauds the 5-minute major and game misconduct penalty, we still await word of Briere's arrest, prosecution, and subsequent imprisonment (where a hockey stick will do him no good in prison yard brawls), as well as an explanation as to why he was permitted to play in Buffalo's season finale in Philadelphia today.
Meanwhile, Capitals captain Chris Clark did not spear anyone, and finished off a career-best season with 30 goals and 24 assists. While GM George McPhee has received plenty of criticism for his moves over the years, acquiring Clark last year was an undeniably fantastic move. DCO would like to see Clark back on the top line with Ovechkin next year, centered by a quality pivot who does not have a penchant for groin spearing.