Capitals Play it Soft: The Gang of Three Reacts

Wayne VienerContributor IMay 15, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 13:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins shake hands after Pittsburgh's 6-2 victory in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal  Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Gang of Three was surprised and unhappy with the outcome of game seven of the Pens vs Caps series. 

Who is the Gang of Three?  Well, there is me, Jor, and Mo.  Jor and Mo have been Caps fans all of their lives, but you have to factor in that they are only 10 and seven years old.

At this tender age, they have been to many Terrapin games—football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  They saw the Redskins and the Wizards; they also made three trips to Verizon Center for the Caps over the past few weeks.

The game on Wednesday held Mo's interest until the end of the first period.  He did not make it back in front of the wide screen before the third goal.  Once he heard that, he decided to go downstairs and play hockey by himself.

Yes, there are helmets, sticks, and a goal in the basement.  Doesn't everyone have those?

Jor stayed with the painful fourth goal and the change of goalies.  He then asked if we could change the channel.  If you knew me, you'd know the answer was, "No!"  Followed by, "Are you a fan or not?!  Are you in or out?! Just because we may not win..."  You can just guess at the rest.  He stayed in his seat.

He managed to squirm out in the middle of the third period.  I didn't say a word. 

In conclusion, the little folks were truly upset.  It is interesting to watch their reactions because they freely express emotion.  

They were most upset that it did not appear that our Caps played as hard.  Jor and Mo, the entire Gang of Three, in fact, seemed to want it more than the guys on the ice.

That was evident even to a 10- and a seven-year-old.