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Karl Alzner said that the Capitals (blanked) the bed

Mar 23, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

I hate throwing the “choker” term around, but it was hard not to do it regarding the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Young defenseman Karl Alzner didn’t dance around the shame he felt, however, saying that the team (blanked) the bed.

Such a comment brought out some amusing interpretations. The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno went standard with “expletive deleted.” Tarik El-Bashir brought out our inner giggling children by using “pooped.”

Either way, you get the idea. It wasn’t all that Alzner had to say, as Whyno shares his extended (and less amusing) statements.

“We just fell apart pretty much,” Alzner said. “It was an embarrassing, embarrassing loss.”

Alzner basically said that the Capitals played “with their tails between their legs.” Alex Ovechkin essentially said that Washington “stopped playing” after the Jets scored their first goal, according to Katie Carrera. Here’s a little more of what Ovechkin had to say, via the Associated Press.

 “It’s stupid play by us,” Ovechkin said. “And we just totally stop playing after when they score first goal. And we played so different style of hockey in the third period, so they just put puck deep and get pressure and they score another one.”

Those comments bring those perpetual questions about the team’s “heart” (or perhaps their decision to play a more traditional system) into question. Yet some other reactions make you wonder if Dale Hunter is in over his head.

Greg Wyshynski passes along word from Jets coach Claude Noel that the Capitals were matching lines strictly, which took some of the natural “last change” advantage away from Washington’s home ice edge.

Brian McNally passes along a Jason Chimera quote that seems awfully damning for everyone involved, though:


Losses like these stain just about everyone involved. The Capitals are still very much in the playoff mix, but they’ll need to keep their beds clean if they want to even approach the team many expected going into this season.

Check out highlights of the game below:

  1. letangusespertplus - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    They Ovi’d the bed?

    Why would that be censored?

  2. Stiller43 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM


  3. pfpmb - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I would have to agree with the good d-man Alzner, they make ka-ka in the bed tonight.

  4. crosberries - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    They pooped the bed and then pulled the covers over their head. Steaming Dutch oven.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Choked indeed. Winnipeg is a young team on the rise. They’ve almost overacheived to a certain extent. I’m hoping for the playoffs but even if they don’t make it in they’ll make in interesting. Slater’s a beauty. GS-F’N-T

  6. stakex - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    After the Caps let in the first goal, they were clearly a team trying not to lose… instead of a team trying to win. A really sad performance to be sure, and I don’t think it can be better summed up then what Alzner said.

  7. Christian Bullock - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Precious commenters: Ovi had two goals. How did he contribute to the loss…?

    Dale Hunter’s “system” (yes in quotes) just doesn’t work. Hoping for a coaching switch during the offseason.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Total System Reset from top to bottom would be DANDY

    • dcfan4life - Mar 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Dale Hunter system revolves around great center play, which the Caps dont have. It could be really different with Backstrom in the lineup here guys, he is that important.

  8. wheresdapuck - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    I am glad I did not pay $150 for ticket last night, because if I did I would have been like “Goon” to get to the ice and beat the crap out of the Caps blueliners. Instead I watched it from the TV and wanted to reach through and grab one of them! This was not Ovi’s fault. As I have said all year, we need to a complete overhaul of the D-men on the Caps – they simply cannot clear the puck when it is necessary! And the passing game from the D to the neutral zone is horrible – how many turnovers last night? Hunter: go look at the game film!

    • crazemastercraze - Mar 24, 2012 at 7:29 PM


  9. danphipps01 - Mar 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Just imagine – this is how the San Jose Sharks feel ALL THE TIME.

    Poor bastards. D:

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