Capitals center Jay Beagle pondered the question of the day: What is wrong with his team?
Washington (2-7-1) has the fewest points in the NHL, leaving players baffled about what has gone wrong. There are plenty of places to point the finger -- suspect goaltending, poor special teams, defensive breakdowns. The list goes on. And, of course, luck plays a part in this, too.
"And it's not all bounces -- but there are a lot of bounces that aren't going our way," Beagle said. "I don't know if we have to sacrifice a cow or something. I don't know what we have to do."
At that he cracked the day's first smile. Remember, this is the same team on which veteran Mike Knuble once told DC101's "Elliot in the Morning" show that he would sacrifice a goat before a road trip to get better results. It's unclear whether that seeped into Beagle's thinking, but when asked whether he maybe should start with something a little more manageable than a cow, Beagle was ready.
"No! I'm starting big," Beagle cracked. "There's no time for starting small."
- Brian McNally