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Breaking: The Capitals are making too many mistakes

Apr 3, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

Ovechkin vs. Lightning

Another day, another “we really gotta knock it off with the turnovers” game from the Washington Capitals.

That day was yesterday, and the Caps lost 4-2 to Tampa Bay on it.

“When we get up (the ice), we get fancy,” defenseman Karl Alzner said, as per the Washington Post. “And we think, ‘Oh, we’re going to score another couple goals and we’re not going to let any in.’ We make backhand passes through the middle of the ice. …For example, we chip the puck in the middle of the ice to try to get to our centers instead of chipping it along the wall and skating into it, which all the other good teams do to us. We get very, very soft with the puck.”

Coach Dale Hunter added: “We’ve got to get in deep and don’t turn the puck over.”

Turnovers have been a problem in Washington for years. When a team runs and guns, it’s going to have more turnovers than others. Think Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin in basketball. Just one problem with that theory now: the Caps don’t run and gun anymore – they’re 14th in goals per game (2.6), a far cry from 2009-10 when they led the NHL (3.82).

Furthermore, laziness is never an excuse for poor puck management, regardless of the style of play.

“On the first goal we had two turnovers and a penalty and then the second goal was another turnover right away after that,” said Troy Brouwer. “We’ve got to eliminate these turnovers, these useless turnovers that are just in terrible areas of the ice because they’re killing us.”

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  1. hockeyknowledge - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Now Brough notices!

  2. govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    You can get away with bad turnovers and letting in four goals a game if you’re going out and scoring five or six, the way the Caps used to play. It wasn’t the BEST strategy, but it won them a Presidents Trophy- and if not for Halak being… well, ridiculous… it might have worked better in the playoffs.

    Now, they’re still making the turnovers and scoring far, far less. So… what’s the plan?

    That’s the most frustrating part to watching the Caps. It feels like they had a system in place that was high risk/high reward, and now there’s just no direction anymore. They’re trying to be the worst parts of several plans.

    • bcjim - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      You can’t fight city hall. When they allow unabated interference and obstruction to occur, all the skill in the world won’t help.

      If the Caps miss out, it will again be Roloson’s save on Green that will be remembered. That goes in 95/100X.

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