WASHINGTON-The Washington Capitals played hard but lost again, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at Verizon Center and are now dead last in the NHL.
“You run out of cliches to say to the guys, obviously,” Capitals Head Coach Adam Oates said. “We’ll talk tomorrow and we’ll figure out a plan on how to approach it because we’ve got to rebound for Thursday again. But we obviously did a lot of good things tonight: we held ‘em to 20 shots, a few chances. Our special teams were better tonight, which is good. There’s always positives.”
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner isn’t happy with how they’re playing.
“It’s incredibly frustrating. We’re not getting any results right now. It seems every game we have one or two human-error goals, not ones that we should let in or allow them to even have a chance. And every time we do, it seems to be killing us. I’m very frustrated. I still feel like we play good hockey, just never good enough to win though and it’s about time we get over that hump.”
The difference maker was the Maple Leafs first goal as it was “mis-communication” between Tom Poti and Michal Neuvirth that led to an open net.
“We make one little mistake and it’s in the back of our net,” Poti said. “You know, we’re coming from behind. But we got to work hard and try to change our luck.”
Caps veteran Matt Hendricks summed it up.
“We’re trying to win hockey games. It’s not happening.”
Listen here to what Adam Oates, Matt Hendricks, Michal Neuvirth, Marcus Johansson & Tom Poti had to say after the game.
Adam Oates Postgame Audio
Matt Hendricks Postgame Audio
Michal Neuvirth Postgame Audio
Marcus Johansson Postgame Audio
Tom Poti Postgame Audio