Skip to content

Caps’ Backstrom: We need to learn how to play in the playoffs

May 13, 2013, 11:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks to pass the puck during the second period of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After the New York Rangers’ 5-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 7, forward Nicklas Backstrom was asked what kind of lessons his team could take from their first-round exit.

“Lesson? Maybe learn how to play in the playoffs, I would say,” Backstrom said, according to the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno. “It’s the same thing as previous years.”

This is the second straight year that the Capitals have dropped a Game 7 against the New York Rangers, but it runs deeper than that.

Over the last six years the Washington Capitals have won their division five times and have consistently made the playoffs. Despite that, they have been unable to make it to the Stanley Cup finals. Over that time, the Capitals have tried to shake up their tactics and plenty of key players have been replaced.

All the same, Washington hasn’t been able to step up in the postseason.

“It feels like deja vu,” Backstrom admitted. “It happened before.”

Big changes probably aren’t coming for the Capitals. Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been locked in to long-term contracts and the Capitals don’t have any major unrestricted free agents outside of 33-year-old forward Mike Ribeiro. Additionally, Adam Oates will almost certainly return as the team’s bench boss after their impressive late season surge that got them into the playoffs in the first place.

Barring a blockbuster trade, this group will get another chance next year. We’ll see what they can do with it.

Latest Posts
  1. Rangers take the positives out of OT loss to Red Wings

    Mar 5, 2015, 1:04 AM EST

    Cam Talbot AP

    Fighting for tops in the Metropolitan Division.

  2. Video: Hammond, Senators win again

    Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 AM EST

    Ottawa Senators v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    What a roll he and the Sens are on.

  3. Video: Iginla reaches 20-goal mark for 16th time in NHL career

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:36 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators v Colorado Avalanche Ottawa Senators v Colorado Avalanche

    He’s been consistently putting the puck in the net at the NHL level since 1996.

  4. Video: Zidlicky’s first goal with Detroit gives Red Wings OT win over Rangers

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:06 PM EST

    Marek Zidlicky, Jesper Fast AP

    What better way to make an impression on new teammates.

  5. Video: Byfuglien leaves game with upper-body injury

    Mar 4, 2015, 9:49 PM EST

    Dustin Byfuglien Getty

    Big Buff out could be a Big Loss for Winnipeg.

  6. Isles’ Martin suspended one game for ‘reckless’ knee on Daley

    Mar 4, 2015, 8:26 PM EST

    MartinDaley

    Also, for causing “significant injury.”

  7. NHL GMs to address emergency goalie rule following Florida incident

    Mar 4, 2015, 6:50 PM EST

    Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya Getty Images

    “It’s definitely an issue that needs a collective focus from our managers and the league in terms of how to deal with it.”

  8. Julien talks up Bergeron as next Bruins captain

    Mar 4, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    patricebergerongetty Getty Images

    “It’s probably undeniable that down the road when [Chara] is done with his career, if Bergeron is here it would be pretty hard to not make him the next captain.”

  9. Get your game notes: Rangers at Wings, Rivalry Night

    Mar 4, 2015, 5:30 PM EST

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptyzogi1mdrmnjbmndc0odgwmzmyyzm5mmi3zdzjodlj AP

    An Original Six matchup at the Joe.

  10. Season over? Clarkson out 4-6 weeks with torn oblique muscle

    Mar 4, 2015, 4:43 PM EST

    New Jersey Devils v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Has appeared in just three games for the Blue Jackets since being traded from Toronto.

  11. TVR to play this weekend for Rockford (AHL)

    Mar 4, 2015, 4:13 PM EST

    Trevor van Riemsdyk Getty Images

    ‘Hawks are hoping he can “recapture” his early-season form.

Featured video

Reactions from NHL trade deadline
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Okposo (2804)
  2. H. Lundqvist (2770)
  3. M. Giordano (2728)
  4. F. Andersen (2678)
  5. T. Seguin (2438)
  1. H. Zetterberg (2363)
  2. N. Horton (2333)
  3. T. Hall (2070)
  4. P. Sharp (1899)
  5. D. Clarkson (1873)