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Caps coach takes positives from fourth straight loss

Jan 25, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal with teammate Alex Ovechkin #8 in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 25, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Washington Capitals are off to their worst start since 1993-94 after losing 3-2 in overtime to the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Still, Capitals coach Adam Oates saw a silver lining in their latest defeat.

“I think tonight was an example of we did [work]. And it was great to see,” Oates said, according to the Washington Post.

“The first question was, we haven’t played for 60 minutes. Well, we did tonight. It was a lot of growing pains, if you will, but the guys did their job. You obviously want the win, but we did a lot of good things.”

Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth, 24, also earned praise after he kicked out 32 of 35 shots on Friday.

“He really gave us a chance,” Oates said. “And throughout the whole game, we got behind and we didn’t crumble today.”

Forward Joel Ward echoed his coach’s comments, calling Neuvirth’s performance “outstanding.”

Nevertheless, the Washington Capitals are 0-3-1 to start the shortened season. They will host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday (3:00 p.m. ET at the Verizon Center).

  1. flyeredup - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Ovechkin misses the taste of Semin

    • govtminion - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Yes, THAT joke didn’t get run into the ground years ago.

  2. steelers88 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Well at least they got a point!

    • dcfan4life - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      This team scored 2 goals in the 3rd period for that point. They never quit, and played well against the defending eastern conference champions. They looked awful the first 3 games, they looked much better last night. Lots of positives to take from this game.

  3. ludacrish05 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Your headline is, “fourth straight loss” but it’s not a loss, we got a point. Headline should be, “still without a win”

  4. semin28 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I like ludacrisis comment

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Ovechkin may be the next buyout. This is a guy who is playing at probably 25% of what his salary is worth. And it’s breaking every Caps fans heart. Unbelievable

    • grimlock410 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Next buy out? Come on, try and think of a zing at least instead of just spewing BS. They are learning a third system in less then a calendar year. From a first time head coach no less. The power play is broken as has to be reworked as well. And I almost forgot, Ovichkin was the 5th leading goal scorer last year! Yeah buy him out.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Your posts are generally, fairly stupid, but this is one of the worst ones.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:46 AM

        I guess people can’t have an opinion anymore. Fact is, Ovechkin, Green, and Backstrom have been our worst players so far this season. And these are the guys that are superstars? I’ll keep Backstrom, get rid of the other two. We need more hard workers. I’d rather have a team of blue collar guys over a trio of superstars. You can call it systems all you want and you can try to blame the coaches. This core has been together for the previous three systems, and NONE of them lead to success! But yet, they’re still learning…. When does that excuse end, and you start to hold the players accountable?

      • 19to77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        Right. Four games in, new coach, new system, new players and line combos and you’re saying “TRADE THE WHOLE CORE.” because they’re struggling to adjust after a week-long training camp.

        It’s an absolute crime you’re not a real NHL GM. =/

      • rtfinch - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        No no, he’s right. 5 points behind the division leader and 6 points behind the conference leader with 44 games left. The season is over, they can’t come back.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Man the Devils look good. Somehow. I thought they’d struggle to score without Parise, Sykora, and Henrique. I was wrong. The caps put up a very good effort. Neuvirth made some spectacular saves. Getting a point out of this game after trailing late could be a building block. Ovechkin will bust out eventually.

  7. vindicatus - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Neuvirth plays for the Devils now?

  8. capsfan19 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Get rid of ovi nicky AND green?? 😦. Dude come on man. Its a rough start thats all.
    Even if we dont make the playoffs this year im beginning to see this as a rebuilding year.
    Caps fans are very spoiled especially after the success of the last several years. Yea i was really upset about last night, but hey we came back, against the team that fought its way into LORD STANLEYS CUP FINAL. What are we freakin canucks fans??- Trade luongo! Trade everyone!
    Ovi is getting there. He had some potentially reallll dangerous drives down the ice. Green scored our game tying goal… But nicky… Ugh he does look bad right now ha but why would u want to trade him?

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Get rid of Ov. Send him to a team with authentic star power so he can be humbled. He’s not quality star power or team leader. How about to the ducks for Getzlaf or Perry. Do you think Boudreau will take Ov?

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