A hockey goal is exactly six feet wide and four feet high, yet the Capitals managed to hit the posts three more times tonight than they were able to hit the goal.
Missed chances defined tonight's 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. That and a little bit of bad goaltending early by Braden Holtby.
The Capitals could not solve Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec despite tallying 25 shots on goal. This isn't to say that Pavelec put together a fantastic performance. He gave up several rebounds, but the Capitals were never able to get a stick on them and convert as the two Southeast Division foes have now the four-game series after the Capitals went undefeated against Atlanta in the 2009-2010 season.
Alexander Burmistrov showed off his lightning quick speed to give Atlanta its fifth goal of the night. He deked past Jeff Schultz, forced Michal Neuvirth to the ice in an attempt to stop, and then stuffed the puck into the net at the last possible moment for an impressive highlight-worthy score.
Bruce Boudreau made various changes to the lines throughout the game, but nothing seemed to work. Marcus Johansson was rotated between the second, third, and fourth lines at various times throughout the game. This was partially due to the second period injury to Mike Knuble after he got hit in the jaw with an Eric Fehr shot, and partially just to mix things up.
The Capitals will get the chance to erase this ugly loss from their memories just 24 hours later as the Philadelphia Flyers will pay a vist to Verizon Center for a matchup of the NHL's two highest scoring teams tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.