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Laich: We have to keep our composure

Feb 24, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

Brooks Laich Getty Images

The Capitals held a players-only meeting yesterday.

Of course they did.

Washington’s won just three of its last 12 games, a slide that couldn’t be coming at a worse time in the season.

Oh, and the Caps aren’t just losing — they’re losing.

Monday in Carolina, they were down two goals just five minutes into the first period on the way to a 5-0 defeat. Wednesday in Ottawa, they were behind 4-0 by the end of the second period and went on to lose, 5-2.

Drop another tonight at home to Montreal and Washington will find itself three points back of Florida for eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and the Panthers will have two games in hand.

Thus, the players-only meeting.

“When you lose, the worst thing that can happen is sometimes guys start to point fingers,” Brooks Laich said, as per “We want to make sure that no matter what happens, we don’t point any fingers.

“There are no excuses. You win as a team, and you lose as a team. The results haven’t been there, but the worst thing we can do is get frustrated and start tearing apart at the seams.”

Of note, Caps coach Dale Hunter has given the starting nod to Michal Neuvirth after Tomas “I didn’t play good at all” Vokoun was pulled against both the ‘Canes and Sens.

Neuvirth is 6-9-3 with a .897 save percentage.

Related: Ovechkin to play tonight against Habs

  1. govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    1) Why exactly isn’t this guy wearing a ‘C’ on his chest instead of the rock star?

    2) How is it that this team isn’t ‘frustrated’ already? You’ve lost 9 of 12, you have no scoring from your front two lines, your best player stopped caring about a year ago, your current coach has no idea what he’s doing, and your goaltending sucks on toast. If you’re not ‘frustrated’ already in that locker room, you either are just incredibly patient (Laich), or just don’t give a crap anymore (Ovechkin).

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      if laich cap hit wasn’t so high 4.5 mill for the next 5 years I’d want him on my team. Great leader but Washington overpayed if you look at stats. Hope he turns this team around though because I want the Washington vs pittsburgh rivalry back.

    • natswizskincap - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      I agree!!! He should had the C three years two years ago.

  2. sportsfreak13 - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    LMAO. Great video post. Keep up the good work.

    • sportsfreak12 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Hey sweetie, did you want me to pick up some eggs on my way home from work?

  3. danphipps01 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    “When you lose, the worst thing that can happen is sometimes guys start to point fingers,” Brooks Laich said, as per “We want to make sure that no matter what happens, we don’t point any fingers.”

    Man, you’re running a few days behind Hunter and Hamrlik, Brooks. And for that matter, a few MONTHS behind the Ovi/Boudreau drama. Not that I disagree, but you’re a little late to the party. Everyone else in the organization is already blaming someone else for their failures.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    How that guy is not Captain, I have no idea

    • natswizskincap - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      They would but all Caps fans know OVI would get butt hurt and take serval games off!

      • govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        …it would be hard to tell, the way he’s been playing. Unless the camera looks right at him, I sure wouldn’t be able to tell. On the box score, he’s as visible as a stealth fighter.

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