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Backstrom: ‘We’re the ones that should be ashamed’

Apr 12, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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With the Washington Capitals missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, coach Adam Oates has come under fire for how things have gone this season.

As Chuck Gormley of shares, Caps center Nicklas Backstrom said it’s on the players, not Oates, to take responsibility for the team falling well short of expectations this season.

“He played this game and he knows what he’s talking about,” Backstrom said. “I think it’s us as players. We’re the ones that play the game and we’re the ones that should be ashamed.”

It may not come right out as a defense of Oates as coach, but it reads like one. After seeing the Caps miss the postseason, changes are coming to D.C. somehow. Whether that’s Oates being let go or GM George McPhee or perhaps a pile of trades this summer is ultimately up to owner Ted Leonsis to decide.

  1. joey4id - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Sounds like what a captain should have said days ago….. But then again this is Wsh where the guy wearing the C is not a leader and a Madoffian fraud.

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Yeah, well it’s really easy for Backstrom to sit there and say that when he isn’t being criticized by his coach and the media. Nobody points out how much he’s sucked this year. He’s -20 and can’t score at even strength. Funny how nobody ever gets on his case.

  2. barkar942 - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Sounds to me like they need to dismantle from the GM to coach to captain to the newest Russian rookie sensation. I think Torts would be great with Ovie as the non-captain in DC. (At least it would be great to watch).

    • joey4id - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      9.6 million shot blocker…. great to watch for sure.

      • barkar942 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        No, joey- it would be great to see how many splinters he gets from sitting on the bench in Tort’s doghouse! LOL
        I admit he is an awesome shooter and goal scorer. However in today’s game, you have to play two ways. He can fly when he has a chance to go on the offense, but glides when it comes to covering defensively.

      • joey4id - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Agreed! :-) LOL

  3. watermelon1 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    You people are worried about Ovechkin playing “both ways” when they don’t have ONE solid defensemen who can even play ONE way.

    Mike green and John Carlson are horrible even if they were 3rd stringers.

    The team has no goalie consistency because they haven’t had a real defensemen in who knows how long.

    At least Ovechkin hits people. Maybe he doesn’t hustle back on odd-man breaks but AT LEAST he will lay people out.

    He’s honestly the only person on the Caps other teams are even slightly intimidated by. Everyone else they just run through.

    The injury to grabovski hurt because he looked the be that other playmaker on offense they needed. But either way, this team needs to learn how to play defense and it starts with the guys who are supposed to be playing defense… NOT Ovechkin.

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Wait, they didn’t make the playoffs?

  5. rsl22 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Good teams don’t play 14 different defensemen in a season, much less 5 rookie defenders. The D doomed this team, and yet GMGM said it was one if best D corps in the league…

  6. icrew29 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I believe OV now holds the all time record for plus, minus, with minus of 35 or more. The Caps paid this self centered idiot $190,000 per goal he scored. If they can get anything for him, dump him.

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