Amid losing – four straight losses for the Capitals – coach Bruce Boudreau said, “ It feels like the end of the world, but it’s not the end of the world.” There has been plenty of talk about fixing problems, and what has gone wrong.
Troy Brouwer has echoed those sentiments, but the big right wing who less than a year-and-a-half removed from winning the Stanley Cup was one of the first to point out that everything’s going to be all right.
After the 7-1 loss to the Maple Leafs, there was Brouwer downplaying the panic.
“What game is it? Eighteen? Sixteen? Seventeen? The season’s not a write-off. We’re not worried,” he said. “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.”
Talk about the Stanley Cup has been few and far between as the Caps have gone 3-7-1 in their past 11 games. But Brouwer knows what it takes to win, and he pointed out that the 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks had their struggles, too.
Four games is nothing, he said.
“It could be worse. And that’s what we’re holding onto right now,” Brouwer said. “Our play has been pretty abysmal as of late, but that’s something that we can change and we have to start working hard and doing the proper things.”