If disheartening losing streaks demand their own symbols of frustration, here’s a decent nominee. With around 10 minutes left in the third period of Tuesday night’s Caps loss, tempers rose, and Mikhail Grabovski’s right hand spoke for a team and a fan base as it reached out of the angry depths of his sternum and attempted to grab a facial part off the face of Ottawa’s Zack Smith. The Way of All Flesh should not include a detour underneath the fingernails of an angry Belorussian center.
His attempt, near as anyone could tell, was unsuccessful. Smith left the ice with all the normal parts of his face still on his face. Grabovski, meanwhile, received a two-minute roughing penalty plus a 10-minute game misconduct, which ended his night.
But his anger had not been satiated as he walked toward the dressing room, so he chucked his helmet in front of him, the helmet joining Smith as casualties of a six-game losing streak.
Remember, frowns turn quickly to smiles when losses turn to wins. Four weeks from now, Grabovski could well be rubbing his helmets with soothing protective ointments, and gently petting opponents on the cheek. Or at least trimming his nails before he goes for the eye rake.