The Washington Times - April 22, 2012, 08:58AM

BOSTON | It’s not a foreign concept for a team that goes into a series as a favorite to make it about its mistakes. The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins have been kicking themselves for over a week now about not taking advantage of opportunities the Washington Capitals have afforded them.

Some of that was true again after a Game 5 loss that has them facing elimination.


We have to look at ourselves,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said when asked about what the Caps were doing to cause the Bruins trouble. “We have to come out harder, with more energy and get emotionally involved a bit quicker than we have the first few games and I’m sure we’re going to do that different [Sunday].”

Prompted with a question about the Bruins not giving the Caps a lot of credit, captain Alex Ovechkin simply brushed it off.

For me personally I don’t hear what they say. Actually I don’t care what they’re going to say,” he said. “Are we bad, are we good or something else. Our job to go out there and to play hockey. Sometimes it just feel good, sometimes it feel not good.”

But Bruins coach Claude Julien had plenty of praise to throw around after the Caps beat them for the second time in Boston this series and the fourth time at TD Garden since March.

I think you’ve got to give them credit,” Julien said. “They’ve got a game plan that they’re sticking to and they’re making it hard for us to score some goals.”

Talking about respect from the Bruins, Ovechkin didn’t exactly pull off his best Rodney Dangerfield and again didn’t seem concerned about the psychological aspect of being the favorite or the underdog.

I don’t think we don’t have that kind of respect. We have respect,” Ovechkin said. “It’s the playoffs and it doesn’t matter what position you are in the [standings] you just have to keep pushing and try and win the game.”