The Washington Times - November 9, 2011, 03:43PM

Roman Hamrlik has been around this game for a while. This is his 19th NHL season, and the big defenseman understands when he’s on and off.

He was very self-critical about himself in the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars from Tuesday night, taking blame for Michael Ryder’s second goal and more.

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“We got outworked, we lost too many battles one-on-one,” Hamrlik said. “The second goal was my fault. I didn’t see the guy behind, and he make nice move and put the puck at the net.

“The power-play goal was my guy, too, pass the puck from the corner and make the pass at the front of the net. You just have to read the play better on the ice and compete for 60 minutes.”

Hamrlik, like most of the other veteran Caps players, made a point that as a team they weren’t very good. But the 37-year-old who was on the ice for three Dallas goals and finished with a minus-2 rating pointed a finger of blame squarely at himself.

“It was not a good game. Even for me it was tough game last night,” Hamrlik said. “I’m losing too many battles one-on-one and I have to be better with that, play my game, move the puck. I want to make the first pass, play good defense and the chances, they’re going to come.”