The Washington Times - February 21, 2012, 09:49AM

RALEIGH, N.C. | Troy Brouwer’s demeanor said he even before his words. The anger shone through just minutes after the Washington Capitals’ 5-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

We weren’t ready to play. I just said it. We weren’t ready to play,” he said. “We can’t let teams like that get a good start on us, especially when we need these points. They’re so crucial. Florida lost yesterday, we were looking good, we were excited about today and then we come out and just flat. Just terrible.”

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Though it’s impossible to tell mood via printed words on a website, owner Ted Leonsis followed suit, calling the defeat “the worst game of the season” by the Caps.

“We came up small when we needed to come up big and win a game on the road,” Leonsis wrote on his blog. Another wasted opportunity to get two points and move up in the standings. An unacceptable performance – a 5 to 0 loss.”

Like his players, Leonsis was quick to talk about moving on. Wednesday night’s game at the Ottawa Senators is another biggest game of the season candidate.

“We can’t look back though; and feel sorry for ourselves; we play on Wednesday against a team ahead of us in the standings; the Ottawa Senators,” he wrote. “We need that win to get back to 500 on the road trip. Simple math.”