Here is my column today for The Washington Post ------
The Capitals made a mistake Saturday night, albeit a minor one.
It wasn't giving up three late goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that was over after 14 minutes. That's something a good coach such as Bruce Boudreau can harp on in practice for a couple of days, but in the course of an 82-game season, letting up with a 6-1 lead in the third period isn't something to really worry about.
The mistake actually came before the puck was dropped: Rather than slowly raising its 2009 Southeast Conference championship banner to the rafters, the team decided to merely unfurl it. It was almost as if the Caps were saying, "This isn't good enough, so we'll just unfurl it fast and move on." That position is defensible but still wrong, for a couple of reasons.
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