The Washington Times - November 20, 2011, 01:46AM

TORONTO | The Capitals lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. They lost 7-1. It’s the seventh defeat in 11 games and the fourth (counting a shootout loss) in a row.

There might not be adequate words to describe it, so here are what some players and coach Bruce Boudreau had to say:

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Mike Knuble

On loss/losing streak

The other games, I think it was one or two areas that we got exposed, that cost us. Tonight it was just an ass-kicking every which way. Even strength, short-handed, from the goalies to the D to the forwards, four-on-five, five-on-four – an ass-kicking.”

On possible lack of effort

Yeah, we didn’t mount much of anything in Winnipeg the other night when the game was actually closer. We’re going through a tough time. What can you say? You’re facing a team that you look at the lineup and they’re injured and calling guys up in the morning from down in the minor league team, and they came out and played an unbelievable game and beat us in every facet of the game. Every statistical category – it wasn’t even barely 51 percent to 49 – it was substantial difference in every which way on the ice. You’ve got to give them credit for coming out and really kicking the crap out of us.”

Dennis Wideman

I think guys are working we’re just not working in the right direction, not working together. We’re losing battles in front of the net, we’re losing some battles but guys are skating guys are working we’re just not sharp.”

On losing streak

We’ve struggled probably the last [11] games now, we haven’t been playing well. Even when we were winning those seven games there were a lot of games there we got outplayed and our goalies stood on their heads and got us those wins. It’s been going on for awhile. If we don’t correct it soon we’re going to find ourselves looking up.”

Brooks Laich

It’s not the team with the best players that always wins, it’s the team that plays best together. At times tonight we were disconnected, we were on an island a little bit.”

On loss

We had a tough night. We know that. We have to play better there’s some guys that are playing as hard as they can but we need everyone working as hard as they can. you don’t point the finger at anybody else you don’t blame anybody else you look at yourself and you say what can I do to help this team win and you start there.”

Troy Brouwer

On what Boudreau said between periods

Just that we’re obviously a better team that we’re showing right now. He just wants us to make sure that we’re playing good hockey, and giving ourselves a chance to win. And right now we’re not doing that. He’s got to, with the coaches, they’ve got to find a way to make us get going. And us as players need to take it upon ourselves. There’s a lot that we need to fix around here right now. I think we have the guys in here to do it, and luckily it’s early.”

On if this is not what he expected when coming to Caps

What game is it? Eighteen? Sixteen? Seventeen? The season’s not a write-off. We’re not worried. You make playoffs. When was the last time the first overall place team won the Stanley Cup? I can’t tell you. Can you? … ‘96 ‘97 maybe? A lot of the times, you just need to make sure that you’re on your game going into the playoffs, and for us we’ve got to focus on winning our division, winning hockey games, and putting ourselves in a good spot when we get into the playoffs to give ourselves a run at the Cup.”

Bruce Boudreau

On what Caps aren’t doing that they did right late last year

That’s a tough question. We’re obviously not getting the job done right now. To answer that question I have to talk about certain things that I don’t want to talk about.”

On team being disconnected

I think when you talk about lack of cohesion, it means when you’re losing, guys try to do things individually. And when you do things individually, things don’t work. It has nothing to do with them not wanting to succeed. I think they played hard right to the end. They couldn’t buy a goal at the end. That gets really frustrating after a while and then you try to do things individually and you cheat when you’re down goals.”