When the Washington Capitals gave up a goal on a bad line change in the second period against Dallas on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center, Coach Adam Oates stated after the game that the goal “deflated” his team.
Just 34 seconds later they gave up another tally and the desperate Stars went on to a 5-0 victory.
The Caps were supposed to be a desperate team too. Sure they played hard in the first period, but they still were outplayed.
Washington is simply not a talented bunch that plays together, so they need an extra dose of effort to win hockey games.
From what I saw, effort turned into quitting after that second Stars goal on Tuesday night.
That’s right, the Capitals team, for the most part, quit on themselves and their fans after they dug a 2-0 hole.
It’s pretty disgraceful and Washington’s playoff chances are now down to less than 10%.
You want more evidence the Capitals quit, just go back and watch the Stars fourth goal. The goal scorer blows by a gliding Alex Ovechkin in the neutral zone and Mikhail Grabovski was in the matador defense position, as well.
There are several players on this Caps roster that don’t seem to care about what it takes to win hockey games.
They play the easy, perimeter game. They don’t sacrifice themselves in their own zone or routinely win the one on one battles. They make high risk passes and continually put themselves in poor position on the ice.
As Dallas would probably tell you, they are an EASY team to play against.
There are six games left in the Capitals season and they probably need to win all of them to make the post season.
I don’t see it happening, especially when several on the team quit like they did on Tuesday night.
I’m sure the owner is not pleased at all right now. After all, Ted Leonsis is a man who has spent to the salary cap maximum for several years in a row only to see his hockey team continually get worse. He’s made the investment but the management and players have not gotten it done.
So let’s pay close attention to these last several games and see who puts out a maximum effort down the stretch.
It will be those guys that should be back next year on a team that hopefully looks drastically different on and off of the ice.