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Caps’ Alzner: “We didn’t have enough fight, enough grit”

May 12, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

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While the New York Rangers feel good about how they handled Game 7 tonight, the Washington Capitals aren’t pleased with their 2-1 loss – or the notion that this season isn’t a disappointment.

Karl Alzner told Katie Carrera how he felt about Game 7 and the Caps’ 2011-12 season overall:

“We didn’t play our best game, didn’t have enough fight – enough grit,” Alzner said. “I’m going to view it as an underachieved season. I know a lot of people don’t feel the same way.”

His teammate Brooks Laich agrees, though. Stephen Whyno gathers the gutsy forward’s thoughts on Washington’s season as a whole.

“I don’t think we exceeded anybody’s expectations,” Laich said. “We certainly had more aspirations than how the season turned out.”

Alex Ovechkin‘s actions probably portrayed his feelings about the loss more than any quotes, though. Much like Joel Ward reacted after a crushing double-minor helped to doom Washington in Game 5, Ovechkin reportedly sat at his locker in full gear, contemplating the tough defeat for several minutes. As hard as this often-criticized team fought in Game 7, the result is ultimately the same: a long summer full of tough questions and difficult memories.

  1. capsfan19 - May 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    All i would like to ask is what happened. Lundqvist seriously played like a king out there. Holtby, chimera, laich, hendricks were prob the only ones that played with grit and fight to em. Our d was terrible, powerplay a joke, horrendous passing…
    Id just like to ask what happened? Ive always cast aside the trade ovi thing but now its almost starting to sink in… If we take the captaincy away i dont believe he’s humble enough to accept it.

    • babykaby - May 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Yeah let’s trade a player that scores over 30 goals a season. Let’s trade a guy that has scored 30 goals in 50 playoff games. Yeah let’s trade that guy. Tell me this, what will you say when he’s traded and your team faces him in the playoffs or any regular season game and he gets the winning goal? What will you say? You’ll say, I knew we shouldn’t have traded him. Don’t be an ass. Ovechkin is not the problem.

      You talk about Laich, Hendricks, and Chimera playing with grit and fight. I didn’t hear anyone mention their names tonight. I don’t know what game you were watching, but they didn’t seem to contribute any more than anyone else.

      • polegojim - May 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        What CapsFan is saying is that if you take away Ovi’s ‘C’…which frankly really SHOULD happen…. he’ll demand a trade.

        The Captain you so jealously defend was the worst offending ‘no-show’ of them all. 0 points, 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 shots.

        That’s not leadership on ice. That’s not leadership ‘period’. That’s called ‘QUITTING’ in what’s become classic Ovi fashion.

  2. randygnyc - May 13, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    What happened? They were taken to school and didn’t like what they learned. Pretty simple.

  3. brian32556 - May 13, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    It seemed like a complete mirror in reverse of Game 6 where the Rangers came out flat and were dominated by the Caps. The only difference in this series was the home ice advantage.

  4. neelyisgod - May 13, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Enough fight? Look right in the mirror. You didn’t do squat, just like when you ran and hid from Lucic and backtracked on your “cry baby” antics

    • habsman - May 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      Ragging on Caps fans? After they eliminated your goon squad?

      Maybe you should go back to sewing sheets together like the rest of your scumbag fan base.

  5. fbothharbaughs - May 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    What, no pix of Nicky as Thor? Or Semen as the Black Widow?? Or how about Ward as Col. Fury???

    2nd round’s a b**ch, Caps fans…

  6. rpiotr01 - May 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I think the Caps played with plenty of grit. I’m a Rangers fan but let’s be honest here – the Caps carried the play from game 2 on. They lost two games in OT, one in a freakish kind of way. They absolutely pounded the Rangers in the second period of game 7. They hit, they blocked shots, they played hard and clean. The difference in the series was Lundqvist, and then luck I guess. Caps easily could have won this series in 6, just as easily as they lost it in 7.

    • polegojim - May 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Yes…. but the word ‘AGAIN’ continues to creep into every description of the Caps playoff series ending.

      Canucks or Cap… will either ever win a Cup? They’ve both squandered some of their most talented seasons and opportunities. Both need changes due to absence of leadership. Balls fall off at crunch time every year.

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