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Capitals put forth ‘extremely disappointing’ performance against Penguins

Nov 21, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

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The Washington Capitals had a chance to pull ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division on Wednesday.

Instead, they were badly outplayed and, subsequently, badly beaten on home ice. Rather than jumping into first in the division, the Capitals fell three points behind.

That is the result of a 4-0 loss to the rival Penguins.

“It’s disappointing. Extremely disappointing,” said Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, as per

“We had a chance to be in first place and to beat the team we are battling against. That would have been really nice. But we get another crack at them a little further down the road.”

The next time the Capitals play the Penguins: Jan. 15 – in Pittsburgh. That means the Capitals will have to wait almost two months for revenge.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Well. No defense leads to a helpless goalie. Then Holtby has an off night. Oviedo and the boys couldn’t generate any offense against Pittsburgh (played
    as close to a perfect game that you can) So props to them.

  2. hockey412 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    The Caps looked like the Pens did last week…tough to watch those ones as a fan. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. :)

  3. patthehockeyfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Thumbs up to both ravenscaps48 and hockey 412’s comments. Thumbs up, too, to the Pens.

    I, too, thought Holtby had an off night. After the second goal, I thought he should be pulled. He was letting goals in that he normally stops.

    On another note, Alzner’s ‘extremely disappointing’ comment doesn’t come nearly close to the NHL Network’s remarks. They were just about apoplectic, as in, “How DARE the Caps not live up to our hyping Rivalry Wednesday?!?!?!?!”

    Take a breath, guys (and girl). It’s one regular season game. Not the playoffs, and the Caps weren’t just eliminated. Sheesh!

    And, please stop with hyping the outdoor games coming up in January. I know the NHL is trying to sell tickets, and from what I’ve read, the games should be sellouts. But, enough of asking every player in the post-game arena cam interview about it. Next, you’ll be asking a Panthers’ player about it, wondering out loud, and asking him if he thinks an outdoor game will be coming to Florida some day. Please! Enough!!

  4. dipthatchip - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Incredibly disappointing game indeed; the Penguins outworked that Capitals in every facet. I’d like to think if Ovi’s shot off the post on the first PP went in, the game would have been a different story, but who knows.

    It was scarily reminiscent of how the Caps like to perform in game 7s.

  5. kingcobraman - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    the game had great intensity and really enjoyed the fast pace but as soon as pens scored the caps went down hill and crosbys goal killed them…. disappointing if your a caps fan….

  6. agc99 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    I was at the game. It was over early. It seemed like the Caps just didn’t want to be there.

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