WASHINGTON–The Washington Capitals are back in the basement of the NHL as they have a total collapse in the third period against the New Jersey Devils and fall 3-2.
“It’s hard,” Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said. “It’s very frustrating. I thought we were in pretty good control there, playing good. They came out hard in the first and we stuck with it there and that’s what we want to see from this team. It’s frustrating, what happened in the third period there.”
The Capitals committed six minors in the third, five of which put them shorthanded and they were down two men twice.
“You start the third period, you’ve got a lead, then you give them two 5-on-3s in one period, obviously that’s too much,” Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates said. “I thought maybe a couple of calls were tough calls. I didn’t think Alex’s was a call. Bottom line is, that’s too many. It’s been too many times.”
Capitals forward Troy Brouwer received a ten minute misconduct following the game for yelling at the officials and would not talk about the officiating following the loss.
“I’m not discussing it right now. I don’t feel like getting fined tonight.”
But Brouwer did say, “We feel like we were robbed a little bit tonight. Two points, one point, anything kind of that was taken away from us there.”
Alzner summed up the night.
“I thought we played pretty decent. Besides that first ten minutes or whatever it was. I don’t know – whatever the time was in the third – we played a good hockey game. So we take what we’ve been taking out of the games is that we’re right there. We just got to find a way to finish every game because we haven’t been doing it.”
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Troy Brouwer, Nicklas Backstrom, Karl Alzner & Mathieu Perreault had to say following the loss.
Adam Oates Postgame Audio
Troy Brouwer Postgame Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Postgame Audio
Karl Alzner Postgame Audio
Mathieu Perreault Postgame Audio