Give the Capitals’ coaching staff credit for something: They’re trying just about everything on the power play. The Caps have tried five forwards, three forwards, Alex Ovechkin on the point, Ovechkin down low.
Nothing has worked.
“It’s really frustrating,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “And believe me, we’re not just sitting there as a group of coaches and saying, ‘Oh, OK. It’s not working.’ We’re going over these things with a fine-toothed comb. We’re trying to make adjustments as we go.”
The numbers are ugly: 0-for-11 in two games against the Lightning, 3-for-27 in these playoffs and 4-for-60 in playoff games dating to last season vs. Montreal.
Execution is the problem, and players know it.
“We have to be better,” Brooks Laich said. “The guys on the units have to be held accountable and I’m on both units so I’m accountable both ways – if the penalty kill doesn’t get the job done or if the power play doesn’t, I’m somebody that has to take responsibility for it.”
It’s not exactly finger-pointing time, but it’s accountability time with the Caps down 2-0 in this series.
“The power play has to score, that’s the bottom line,” Jason Chimera said. “That’s the difference in the game right there if we score two out of six then it’s a different game. We put guys out there to do the job and those guys have to do the job. Whoever gets puts out there has to do the job, no matter who you are.”
Mike Knuble, who does have a spot on the power play, brought up the fact that this is like last year, when the Caps’ season came to an abrupt end with power-play malaise supplying the storyline.
“There are a couple common themes at the same time last year when it was said and done you look back and say ‘Ah that was what happened’ that’s what cost us the series,’ ” Knuble said Monday. “Now we still have the chance to do something about it.”