The Washington Times - December 27, 2011, 10:58AM

BUFFALO, N.Y. | Given how the Washington Capitals fell behind Friday at New Jersey, it was surprising that the same thing happened – in a big way – Monday at Buffalo en route to a 4-2 loss.

It was very surprising. But at the same time, we knew that we got those three goals against them in the third and came back, so we were a little bit positive thinking that we could at least have a chance,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “We closed the door pretty good after the first, but it was too little, too late.”


The similarities don’t end there. While the Caps got a point out of their game against the Devils, they couldn’t salvage one after digging a 4-0 deficit against the Sabres – but the explanations afterward were similar:

Troy Brouwer, Friday night

“We’ve still got to work on the reason why we were down 3-0 to start with. It’s just missing assignments; four-on-four where we got running around a little bit. A couple other plays where we feel those goals can be prevented. We’ve just got to keep working at it. Great character by the guys to come back and tie this up, get a point. We can’t put ourselves in that position to start with.”

Matt Hendricks, Monday night

When they end up with the four-goal lead, it’s hard to come back. In this game and the teams that are in this league, it’s tough. We can’t put ourselves in those situations.”


Jason Chimera, Friday night

The first half of the game was [a lesson in] what not to do with the puck and what not to do playing hockey. It was a bad 30 minutes.”

Karl Alzner, Monday night

We had to pretty much change our entire way we were playing after that first period, because it wasn’t very good.”


Brooks Laich, Friday night

We’ve been in that position before where we’ve come back. The second intermission it was said in the locker room that we’ve done this before, we’ve been here before. Three goals for this team shouldn’t be too big of a task.”

Karl Alzner, Monday night

“The only thing you can say really is come back in the room and we’ve got to start with one, then get two. There’s not really any other way you can tackle it; it’s just the way you’ve got to look at it.”