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Oates says Caps ‘figured out a way to lose it tonight’

Jan 15, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

Head coach Adam Oates of the Washington Capitals watches the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on February 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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It’s understandable that Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates is frustrated with the state of things, especially as his team couldn’t hold onto a 3-2 lead and eventually succumbed to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday. He made it pretty clear that he believes the Caps blew it, as the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera reports.

“We played a pretty good game but we figured out a way to lose it tonight,” Oates said.

The Capitals either held a lead or were tied with the Penguins all night until giving up those two goals to lose. Times have been frustrating for Washington, as the team has lost three games in a row and seven of nine, all by slim margins.

Of course, while the Capitals may feel a little demoralized, it was a special night for Olli Maatta, who scored the first game-winner of his career.

Maybe it shouldn’t have been a big surprise, either:

Oates & Co. wish he tuned him out, instead.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Maatta should be considered for the Calder…but he’ll probably be over looked. The Caps don’t have goaltending and aside from Olaf Kolzig they’ve never really had it and that’s always burned them especially in the playoffs over the years.

    • dschrode2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      This was certainly an entertaining game, to be sure. And it is also certain that Maatta has tremendous upside, however, I do not feel he will be considered for the Calder.

      He ranks 18th in total points for rookies this year. He ranks tied for 23rd in goals. He is not even top 3 defenseman in goals scored. He is about average for ice time and plus/minus.

      So unless he has an outrageous post-Olympic break run, he will unfortunately lose out to the likes of Krug(Boston), Hertl(San Jose), MacKinnon(Colorado), Kreider(New York Rangers), or Johnson(Tampa Bay).

      • jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        did you really list krug? thats funny. i will be interested to see how the rest of the season plays out but i will bet a real rookie will win it over guys like krug and kreider who have been “rookies” for 2 seasons already. mckinnon is dead on favorite at this point though….true rookie, leads in pts, goals, pp goals, shots, he’s played every game, 4 game winners, + player…and he’s barely 18 not 20 (hertl) or 22 even (kreider).

      • dschrode2013 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        I list them(Krug, Kreider) only because according to the NHL they are listed as rookies.

    • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      calder consideration is a bit much right now. there are rookies elsewhere who have bigger offensive roles on their teams and are succeeding. he’s gonna be great but he doesn’t have the numbers.

      • jaybaileys - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        I agree, he is a great find for the Pens but not Calder worthy, he still has some work to do he got abused by Brower I think but otherwise played great.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        i agree, even if it came down to just a rookie defenseman award i think lindholm gets it. just looked at the stats for rookie defensemen… seth jones is -14…yikes!

  2. penzfan329 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Agreed he doesnt have the stats but this kid is good! He makes big plays every night

  3. acieu - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Should have kept Boudreau or have hired Jon Cooper instead of Oates. Last of the Caps as we remember them. Guess we watch to see Ovechkin score otherwise a mediocrity at its best.b

    • jaybaileys - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Tons of respect for Oates from this guy. He was a first class player and looks to be a very solid coach. Caps need a new GM, should have been fired after the pathetic Erat trade.

      • c9castine - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        he’s done a terrible job of putting a real supporting cast around ovechkin. if ovechkin wasn’t the guy who everything relies on, they might win something

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