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Capitals playing ‘Pathetic’ hockey right now, says Brouwer

Jan 25, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

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Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer threw away the media filter Thursday when he described his team’s play to begin the season.

The Capitals were beaten 4-1 by the Montreal Canadiens on home ice at the Verizon Center, and have opened the schedule with three straight losses. They’ve scored just six times in those three games, and have allowed 14 goals.

Alex Ovechkin, a three-time 50-goal scorer and once a 60-goal scorer through seven full seasons in the NHL, is still without a goal, and has just one assist.

Criticism directed towards Ovechkin started on opening day, when Washington Times Capitals and NHL reporter Stephen Whyno wrote the Russian star was “almost invisible for much of the season-opening loss” to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Canadiens erupted to the lead in the second period with four goals, including two on the power play.

Carey Price made 30 stops and had his shutout bid disrupted with just over two minutes remaining in the third period, when Joey Crabb snapped a quick shot over the left shoulder of the Habs goalie.

The Canadiens are off to a 2-1 start, but the organization continues to deal with the ongoing contract dispute with restricted free agent PK Subban.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Sooooo yaaaaaa

  2. dcfan4life - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Pathetic is about right. I of course havent seen all the other teams, but id be willing to bet the Capitals look to be the worst team in hockey right now. It makes sense, the Redskins and Nationals are both doing well. The sports Gods only allow 2 washington area sports teams to be good at the same time so its balancing out unfortunately…

  3. rsl22 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    I’d like to point to some problem, but it’s everything.

    PK is terrible (56% is worse than terrible). Those two goals to start the second were bad news, killed them. Defense has been unimpressive in general, including even strength.

    Also, shots were 20-20 after two periods, but the score was 4-0. So that’s both the goalie/defense giving up a lot of goals, and the offense not scoring.

    It really is everything.

  4. mp1113 - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Nobody is getting in front of the net so all these one timers they do have no shot of going in when the goalie isn’t screened

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    ovechkin looks lost, neither goalie looks comfortable, none of the lines look like they know where each other is at at any given time, alzner and carlson are dreadful for some reason, and mike green needs a haircut.

  6. blackfoot11 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    The Caps played a better 1st period last night, but continue to derail themselves with a penalties and a lack luster PK. They continue to be underwhelming on the PP as well.have a man-advantage. Brouwer was right by saying it a work ethic and mental error issues, not a system or talent issue. I love Ovi as much as the next Caps fan, but they need to pull the “C” off his chest b/c he is not performing or acting like a Captain. Give the “C” to Laich and make Hendricks and Brouwer alternates. These are the “Glue” guys that make this team go.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I’m really surprised at how poorly the Caps have played under Oates. They have all the ingredients to be a contender it’s just not coming together. I feel the pain of Washington fans, although I have to admit I don’t necessarily mind their struggles because it takes focus off the Flyers problems. Especially on PHT. The Caps will get it together eventually, too much talent not to and their division is winnable.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      dont know…oates seems to want to really shake it up. changing your best player’s natural position, jostling your should be young starting goalie’s confidence by publicly saying he doesnt have the job, and dictating player equipment? karl alzner did a pregame interview the other day where he said oates is even changing their sticks…talk about micromanaging. the hurricanes, lightning have gotten better on paper – caps look worse on paper to me and in the games.

  8. micklethepickle - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    It’s a troubling start, for sure, but unsurprising, given a new coach, new system, several new players, and zero offseason in which to gel these disparate parts. If the Caps are still losing big and losing often 10-12 games in, then I’ll start panicking. Until then, it’s just growing pains. And hey – the Kings aren’t exactly tearing it up this year, and they absolutely WRECKED everybody last year in the playoffs. Lockouts hurt teams play as well as players.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Plus this is their third different system/coach in a little over a year.

  9. dowhatifeellike - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’m glad I haven’t been able to see any of the games here in Denver because following along on Twitter has been ugly enough.

    I get that it’s a new coach and new system and with basically no training camp it’ll take a while to get things going. But it’s also a compressed season and they haven’t even been competitive in the first three games. If they start something like 4-10 or 5-12 it’s going to be really difficult to even make the playoffs.

    I’m starting to think that they should have stuck with what worked last year and saved the new system for a full training camp.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      agreed, unless oates wants to use this season as a training camp and ownership is ok with them just throwing it away with the hope of a good full season next year. dont agree with it if thats the case, this season is a sprint…he needs to just cut the boys loose and coach them as they go this year. let them play pond hockey and see what happens.

  10. hockeyflow33 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Three coaches in under a year, all with different styles of play.

    Five days of training camp.

    Who is surprised by the bad start?

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    This team will go nowhere until they trade Ov. Period! Move him!

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