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Capitals coach vents as tough times continue in Washington

Nov 28, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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Four straight losses would be enough to leave most NHL coaches extremely frustrated.

Add Adam Oates to the list, particularly after the way his Washington Capitals tossed away a two-goal lead after the first period in a 6-4 loss to the visiting Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Two points, gone.

The Senators erupted for five goals in the final 40 minutes of play, including a soft winning goal on a wrist shot from Zack Smith that got through Braden Holtby. The Senators were also three-for-six on the power play, which was a major factor in the win.

Count it. Four straight losses – one of those did come in the shootout.

“Yelling is irrelevant, that’s high school for me. If the guys don’t know we let one get away, shame on them,” Oates said afterward, as per CSN Washington.

“I’m going to tell them, but if they walk away and they’re not upset, then there’s nothing any coach can do to change that.”

This turmoil comes after a pair of Capitals have demanded trades in recent days.

A story broke Wednesday that defenseman Dmitry Orlov requested a trade through his agent, which followed soon after Martin Erat‘s demand to be dealt.

  1. slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    IF OATES COULD SING, HE MIGHT SAY ……………….

    • blomfeld - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Well we Kings can sing friend and here’s what we’re saying ! :)

      • slysipops - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        i don’t know about carnivals………..BUT the circus trip is going well !

      • babykaby - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Blomfeld dumbfeld, tsk tsk tsk, still acting like a little boy with your stupid videos. Grow up little boy, grow up.

  2. watermelon1 - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    GOT to purge the “defense” and start over.

    Green, Carlson, all goalies…… They all must go. They’re horrible and there’s not enough time to only replace one and realize it wasn’t just them. Get them all out.

    The haters will blame Ovechkin and it will be pathetic because he deserves so much better than what the capitals have done.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      You keep Alzner though. It really looks like our mediocre goaltending is catching up to us. It hasnt been since the playoffs when Holtby broke out that a Caps goalie has taken over a game. And thats 2 seasons ago…

  3. bccaps - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    The person that needs to go is GMGM. He gave away blue chip prospect In Forsberg for Erat, who never got a decent chance to contribute. Now he wants out. He has another blue chip prospect in Orlov but jerks him around with call-up/send-down yo-yo, Now he wants out too.
    It’s at the point that I seriously question this organization’s commitment to putting a competitive team on the ice. All the talk about winning a Cup is pathetic and I am embarrassed to support this team after 30 years.
    I just can’t believe Ted Leonsis doesn’t see what everyone else has seen coming for too long now.
    WAKE UP!!!

  4. coltssteve - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The greatest paradox in sports is how the DC sports media hails Ted Leonsis as the greatest owner ever while calling Dan Snyder a tool. Ted Leonsis has done nothing but make bone headed moves lately as an owner, and continues to show that he is not committed to building a winner, just a bottom line in the black. In hind sight, the Caps window closed after they lost to the 8th seed Habs, and in response GMGM decided the team needed to change its system. Recall, that Halak was on the trading block that year and McPhee felt that Jose Theodore was a better goalie. They went from implementing a pick and a player strategy for trades to we can let our best assets, Semin et al., walk for nothing. The fact that GMGMs biggest blockbuster in the past three or so years was Forsberg for Erat shows he is a GM too timid to make the right move make the team a winner. If I was mediocre in my job for say 12 years and completely inept for the most recent 5, I would be fired not collecting millions of dollars. I think it has become obvious that Green, Holtby, and Neuvirth are all worthless.

    • dirt2013 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Dan Snyder is a tool but that has nothing to do with hockey.

  5. babykaby - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Maybe if Oates would let go of that left/right nonsense and put the best players out on the ice they wouldn’t be giving up leads. Beagle, Orlov should be playing. They proved they can do their jobs. Laich, Green and Brouwer should be benched for sucking so bad. I was shocked when Oates finally put Fehr in the lineup, the guy always plays with energy and can make the big play. Oates can whine all he wants but a lot of the blame falls into his lap for being so stubborn.

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