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Oates frustrated, ‘shocked’ over Capitals’ ‘lousy’ start

Mar 29, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

FILE - This Feb. 6, 2014 file photo shows Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the bench in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are fading. Ovechkin has gone without a point in the last four games, and his team has lost five of its past six to drop to 10th in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) AP

The Washington Capitals had an important game against a great club this afternoon. Rather than be motivated by that, the Capitals seemed to limp out of the gate en route to a 4-2 loss against the Boston Bruins.

“I’m shocked at the start,” Capitals coach Adam Oates told reporters after the game, per the Monumental Network.

Oates also described the team’s attention to detail as “lousy” in the first half of the contests. He added that it was “very frustrating” to see this late into the season, given everything that’s at stake. It got to the point where he considered calling a timeout to “lay into them,” but he ultimately held onto it.

Washington is in a four-way tie with Detroit, Toronto, and Columbus for the Eastern Conference Wild Card spots. However, the Capitals are in last when it comes to regulation plus overtime wins (the tiebreaker used at the end of the season) and have now played in one more game than the Red Wings and Blue Jackets.

Toronto and Detroit will play against each other tonight, so at least one of them will end up with more points than Washington.

To further complicate things, the Capitals have to play five of their final eight games on the road. They also have to get right back out there against the Nashville Predators tomorrow.

  1. vbcaps - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Yup. That sounds like the Washington capitals I know

    • fivetozeroingame7 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM


      • 1cupin70years - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Hey! Wondered where you had been buddy!

    • alexnewca - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I’m just as frustrated as Oates. Maybe he should stop putting a 4th line defensive-minded center with Ovi. Oates has no clue how do make lines. He would have better luck drawing names out of hat at this point.

  2. polegojim - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Different year, same Caps. Sad to see.

    That team has lacked legit leadership for years.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      That is indeed the problem.

    • fivetozeroingame7 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM


      • 1cupin70years - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        There you are again! So slick! Big man with a HUGE 1st round win against the Caps a few years back. Way to celebrate! Stay strong!

  3. capsrockva - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I just hope the the “optional skate” is out of the question from here on out

  4. emcuscgret - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I am “shocked” that you can’t get the Caps to play a 60 minute game. So tired of playing half a game before they players decide to play hockey. Your JOB is to get them prepared. If they don’t want to play like professionals take their ice time away. Let’s see how they react to that. 3rd line seems to be only ones ready to play every night. Maybe other players should take a hint.

  5. joey4id - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I’ll say it again…..

    joey4id – Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM
    This team is so f’d up. You hear the craziest things coming out of that organization at a time when the team should already be running on all cylinders. It’s one thing to lose while playing at your best, but’s it’s a whole other ball game to imply that you’re not performing a well as you should be when we are well into March. They need a change from top to bottom. Get the old blood out and in with the new

  6. fivetozeroingame7 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Too bad

    • 1cupin70years - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      You’re the man! Nothing says accomplishment like winning a first round series in 7 games and then losing the next series in 6. Carry on, genius!

  7. letsgocaps88 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Love my capitals…But in my mind i think the team would be better off not making the playoffs. We need a change in the front office and a different look.

  8. blomfeld - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM


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