CHICAGO -- The complaints have seemed extraneous, like whining about bad coffee at the end of a five-star meal.
A few soft goals and defensive slip-ups should be forgivable in a season in which the Western Conference power Chicago Blackhawks are winning at an obnoxious clip.
"I think some teams are so good, you've got to look for faults," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday.
It wasn't hard to see the cracks in the Heartbreak Hawks on Sunday, and it wasn't the goaltending. Behind an undermanned and shaky defense and an inability to muster late offense, the Hawks fell to 3-4 since the Olympic break with a wildly disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday in a nationally televised game between Stanley Cup favorites. Chicago looked like a team capable of an early playoff exit and a summer of recriminations. You want to believe the best, to see the good in a team that has been very, very promising, but a weekend like this makes you think twice.