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Alzner on Washington’s woes: ‘The killer instinct isn’t there right now’

Mar 6, 2014, 10:06 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals made some fairly substantial moves at the trade deadline, but so far, their struggles continue. They lost their third game in a row as the Boston Bruins blanked them 3-0 on Thursday.

After the game, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner expressed concern about the team’s aggressiveness.

If it makes the Caps feel any better, the Bruins expressed some glee regarding their defensive work in this contest.

It seems as if the issue boils down to a combination of the Capitals’ offensive inefficiency and Boston’s stingy defense, as Rask only needed to make 16 saves. Still, the Bruins have made strong attacks look faint before (see: the 2013 Eastern Conference finals), yet there might be a larger concern.

Washington currently finds itself out of the East’s top eight in a congested playoff picture, so the Capitals need to find answers. As Alzner might note, those answers need to come quickly, too.

  1. lowenni - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    This is what I’ve been saying about the Caps for the past three seasons. We just don’t bring it night to night like the Hawks, Bruins, Blues, or even the Jackets do. We don’t bring all our energy and play our hearts out. We have to be the laziest team in the league, and that sucks, because there’s a lot of talent on this team that’s going to waste because of it. If they can’t change that then there’s no reason not to blow the team up.

    • dcfan4life - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      8 Shots on goal through 2 periods, 16 for the game. The worst offensive effort ive seen in forever. Pathetic. Luckily in hockey losing 3 in a row puts u 2 points back…

  2. slaugin - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    That was a completely different team that played the Bruins just a couple nights ago. Embarrassing really. Ovi was invisible, some captain

    • rockthered1286 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Always Ovechkin’s fault… love it.

  3. fivetozeroingame7 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Too bad.

    • 1cupin70years - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      It is a bummer, can’t deny that.

  4. ludacrish05 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Honestly, ovi is a sniper but he’s no captain, it’s what has hurt the team and it reflects everyone on the ice. We need a true leader.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Callahan will be UFA in July. He wants big bucks but his work ethic and sacrifice would be a great example for the Capitals players.

  5. manilarizzo - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    As a fan of all DC sports teams, it’s a new day when it’s march and the team I’m most excited about is the Wizards.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    We haven’t had a killer instinct in DC since…… ever! Watching this team year after year is like putting a hot turkey in front of you and all you can do is look at it.

  7. jhaegs - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    43 SOG for Boston… Halak will sleep well after he plays a game- he’s used to about half of that.

  8. kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Who is excited for the Wizards? It’s the east and barely over .500. Try the Nats. That’s an exciting team for a boring sport.

    As for the Caps it’s all about the defense. Impossible to create offense when they can’t get the puck up the ice from the dman position. Too many inexperienced dmen on the team. That’s where it all starts. Again people blame one player? Not sure how it’s Ovi fault when he’s the only player teams worry about when they play the Caps. No one else scares you on the team. Also consider Caps have no center depth right now. They lack too much. Need a retool. And yes probably a new captain but does changing that mean wins? Probably not.

    • rockthered1286 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      You mean the Nats who fell flat on their collective faces last year? Yea… I’d rather watch the Wizards who have gone 7-1 in their last 8 games and currently sit in the 5th seed in the East.

  9. rockthered1286 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    I’ve been hesitant and almost feel guilty saying this but… I think it’s time to blow the team up and clean house. I, as well as most Caps fans, have been ready to see GMGM go for some time now, but unfortunately it seems to be Leonsis’ M.O to leave GM’s in way too long (see Ernie Grunfeld with the Wizards too). GM aside, I think you need to start looking into shipping out some star power for youth. They need speed and desire to play. They have neither right now. Nobody is going to pay Ovechkin’s contract and he will never go anywhere. From a business standpoint he is the face of the franchise and I’d ballpark about 75-80% of their player merch sales comes from 8. I’d keep Backstrom as well, as he is one of the best set up guys in the league. Outside of those 2? I’d start looking to ship out bodies and start a youth movement. And perhaps missing the playoffs this year (it would be a miracle if they made it) is the best thing to happen to this team. No chance to use that as logic for “we’re so close” when it’s a mere pipe dream and hopefully reality can sink in.

    Is what it is at this point. Just play out the season and look forward to next season!

    • valoisvipers - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Much of what you say is true except the part about Ovi’s contract. Bobby Lou got moved as the NHL has provided opportunity for this by allowing teams to retain salary and do buyouts.

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