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Caps’ Backstrom on loss: ‘Sixty minutes of just terrible effort’

Mar 12, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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After winning five out of six games, the Washington Capitals have dropped three in a row, with each loss coming by at least three goals. Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes might be a low point for some.

Center Nicklas Backstrom appears to be one of those people. He vented to Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times after the game.

“Tonight was sixty minutes of just terrible effort from us,” Backstrom said. “I don’t know what it is, but we for sure need to talk about it.”

Head coach Adam Oates discussed how the team needs to earn their luck with The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera.

“We need some good things to happen but we’ve got to earn that,” Oates said. “We’ve got to do it ourselves.”

If you ask former Capitals defenseman Joe Corvo, it doesn’t sound like Washington believes that the breaks will start going their way.

“If you watched them play tonight, it seems like they’re missing maybe some confidence,” Corvo said.

Being second-to-last in the East will do that to you.

  1. modellforprez - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    maybe they can aquire Gordon Staal

  2. operwapitsai - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    trade green if he comes back before the deadline before his value plummets even more. get laich back put him with ovi maybe. get orlov back and they could make a run… hey I would be indifferent if they just focused on a quick rebuild and get a high pick next draft along with a few picks for some slumping players….. lacking “effort”

    • har21441 - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      Big assumption at this point that anyone would be interested in Green. The groin issues he’s had for for the better parts of the last three seasons won’t instill much confidence. At this point, he’d probably only return a mid round pick – and that’s if anybody thinks the risk is worth his 6 mil cap hit.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Trade Ovi. He is a carcinogen. Oates couldn’t have started his NHL head coaching career at a worse time and with a worse team in terms of atmosphere.

      • har21441 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Trading Ovi comes often, but I have to admit it’s sounding like a better option everyday and it would drastically change the dynamic of the team
        1-It might be a better atmosphere on the ice for some of the other players to step out of Ovi’s shadow.
        2-It may improve the locker room. There is nothing confirmed that Ovi is a cancer (even though you hear it often) but I’ll point out pics of Ovi partying on the beach during his suspension – to me, that says a lot of his character.
        3-The captaincy could go to someone that would be a better leader.
        4-Ovi’s 9.5 mil cap hit for the next 8 years would be off the books. This is money that could be spent well elsewhere on the caps.
        5-If Ovi’s current trend continues, there is no way to justify his salary. The return you could get on a trade would also diminish or disappear. I bet there are still a good amount of teams that would be willing to gamble on Ovi even with the bloated salary – and would probably give up a healthy return to acquire him and maybe sell a few more tickets to their home games.
        6-The time is now. Ovi’s limited no trade clause kicks in 7/1/14 when he’ll be able to list and modify yearly the 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.

        So that’s what the reasonable part of me thinks. Since I am a pens fan, I’d still be happy if they keep him and let the rest of the team rot around him.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      doesnt matter what kind of move they make, caps lose to carolina again you can stick a fork in ‘em….might as well tank it and try to get better odds in the lottery.

  3. dipthatchip - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    then do something about it backstrom. So sick of this team

    • 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      No shortage of guys saying “We need to try harder.” Definite shortage of guys trying harder. Someone will show up for one or two games and then stop trying again because nobody else is.

      Oates is sounding like a broken record. Every game, same damn thing. I don’t want to write him off too early, but he’s shooting for bottom-5 in the NHL and he doesn’t appear to have answers.

      • polegojim - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        That’s exactly the point….

        Nobody should be off the hook when there is zero consistency across the board.

        The last defense of a desperate coach is to blame the media and fans for the ‘negative’ press.

        The Caps have earned the negative press… but have all the ability to change it.

        They almost appear to be mad that they had to play half a season.

  4. 19to77 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Yo, Brouwer, tell us all more about how Semin is lazy and terrible and the Caps are better off. Or are you too busy figuring out which teammate to blame next?

  5. mp1113 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    i hate this season. Lets go Os

  6. nicknyhc - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Lets hear every hockey writer talk about how this is all Ovi’s fault…

  7. rsl22 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    I know I’m going to sound like an OV-Fanboi…..but I thought he looked pretty solid tonight.

    Also….Jeff Schultz is by far the worst player in the league. How is it possible that he’s still getting a sweater? Three defenders are in the lineup who started the season (post-lockout) in Hershey, and they are all infinitely better than Schulz. I honestly don’t think Schultz could be effective in the ECHL.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      The two people who gave this a thumbs down are Jeff Schultz himself, and his mother.

  8. rsl22 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Also, Ward has been better this year, but -4 in 13 minutes? Not awesome.

  9. obnoxiousDCfan - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    I really don’t understand how this team can rally back against Boston, then destroy the Panthers, then just lay egg after egg after egg. I get a team losing some every once in a while, but it’s like two different teams playing out there sometimes.

  10. blackfoot11 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    As a Caps fan, this is just one of those years. Play out the remainder of the year and let Oates choose his own guys. There are a few players that bring it every night, and the rest are hit and miss. They are not a playoff team and it will take a extraordinary run in the last half to prove me wrong. This is a “look in the mirror” year for the organization, and they might be better b/c of it.

  11. capsfan19 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Shoot make backstrom captain at this point. Not like theres any leadership anyway.
    Just like it was said before get rid of schultz, but also poti. Both are useless id consider keeping green for depth, or we reap some good returns in a trade. We need some better offense and bring up our depth in d.
    When a 27 year old, never played in the nhl, sets the bar for the rest of the team thats saying something.
    First round pick here we come

    • obnoxiousDCfan - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Brooks deserves the C more than anyone on that team. I’ve been saying it for years.

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        right…another guy that cant get on the ice. thats helpful. he’s a better choice than ovi…but you guys havent been the same since you traded chris clark, zero leadership. brooks honestly is probably the guy, but man…get healthy already.
        trade ribeiro at the deadline while he is hot…he is probably the best player right now, but you’re going nowhere and he is kinda old. plus the guys cries more than anyone in the nhl…more than crosby’s first couple years in the nhl. he is pathetic. the new rule for whining was basically created because of him. the mike ribeiro rule. he has been sent to the box 4 times because of it this year. get what you can. cut ties with Mike Green…somehow. jeff schultz is terrible. Brouwer can’t keep his mouth shut. joel ward is way over paid. GMGM should be fired.

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