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Chimera: “We looked like peewee hockey players”

Dec 24, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

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Give Caps leading goal scorer Jason Chimera credit, he doesn’t pull any punches when addressing the team’s play against the New Jersey Devils in a shootout loss.’s Chuck Gormley got the straight shots out of Washington.

“We weren’t ready to play. I don’t know if guys were looking forward to the Christmas break or what was wrong. But the execution was terrible. We looked like peewee hockey players. No one could make a pass; no one could get the puck out. We were fanning on the puck.”

That’s as good of a quote as you’re going to get and considering the Caps’ troubles this season and having a lackluster game against the Devils didn’t help much. It also doesn’t help that the Devils are a team the Caps are currently dealing with in the race for the playoffs. Sure, it’s early-ish in the season, but losing points at all during the season to teams you’re running with is bothersome.

It’s up to the Capitals to make sure they stop playing like little kids and make sure they don’t look back on games like this with regret.

  1. capsrockva - Dec 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    I agree. Watched most of the game last night & I thought they played terrible in the 1st & 2nd’d period. The Caps can’t do this night in and night out or they’ll find themselves out of the playoffs.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2011 at 4:04 AM

      At this rate they’re going to have to go on a hell of a streak to beat the PANTHERS in points.Seriously, when last year’s third-worst team is seven points up on you in your own division and you’re the reigning champions, you are fucking up spectacularly. Clearly Boudreau wasn’t the problem. And though everyone agrees Semin is awful and he’s getting shot out of a cannon at the end of the year, that’s still not enough to take the four-time reigning Southeast champs to such a low point that they may well be edged out of a playoff spot outright because three bottom-ten teams in the East are playing better hockey than them. When are people going to start blaming the OTHER “star” for his godawful performance? When just about half of all top-six forwards in the NHL are scoring more often than your nine-million-dollar “superstar” scoring winger, the man who’s supposedly the best goal-scorer in hockey… well, sooner or later he’s going to have to take responsibility for that. How many more games do the Caps feel like losing before admitting that Boudreau WASN’T the problem and that all these excuses – a defensive system, other teams “figuring him out,” whatever – don’t actually make anywhere near as much sense as “Alexander Ovechkin just isn’t trying that hard anymore”?

  2. canucks18 - Dec 25, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    He should stop offending the peewees

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