Another hard-fought, close battle in the playoff series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals has resulted in another wave of animal destruction upon one of the homes of those involved. The most recent victim: Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin.
Last Wednesday, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner returned home after his team’s 3-2 triple-overtime loss to find his living room in shambles. Alzner’s dogs, frustrated with the officiating – particularly a blown call in the second overtime – and despondent over the loss, tore up the house, leaving a path of destruction that included torn couch cushions, shredded newspapers, tattered slippers, and chewed foam paintbrushes.
In a possibly-related story, San Jose’s Brent Burns, acquired prior to the 2011-12 season from Minnesota, has been missing since the Sharks’ first-round elimination by the St. Louis Blues. Burns, an avid pet enthusiast, was last seen leaving the Sharks’ practice facility, Sharks Ice in San Jose, two days after their series-ending Game 5 loss; he planned to return to his home in Minnesota. Burns has over 150 pets, including dogs, parrots, fish, and snakes… plenty of snakes. A caretaker, checking in on the animals last week, noted that some had, in fact, escaped their cages and tanks, but that they all looked remarkably well-fed. There was no sign of Burns.