One of the obvious trademarks of Dale Hunter the coach even early on was the frequent use of video as a teaching technique. All NHL teams do it, but Hunter and the Washington Capitals were going to the videotape often.
That’s especially true after a loss like Tuesday night’s 3-0 embarrassment at home against the New York Islanders.
“I’m sure we’re going to rehash this game tomorrow morning on video,” forward Matt Hendricks said after the shutout. “Actually quite a bit of it.”
Players called themselves out as a group for lack of “effort,” (Karl Alzner) “energy” and “tenacity” (both Hendricks), but Hunter pointed to specific blunders as reasons why the Caps lost.
Alzner’s penalty allowed for a New York power play on which the Islanders scored, with John Tavares left unmarked in front. A bad pass by Dmitry Orlov became a brutal turnover and another goal against.
“I think we gave up two or three scoring chances. Just mistakes. And it’s costing us where there are mistakes and people are getting beat,” Hunter said. “And the video don’t lie who gets beat or not. So they’ll know their mistakes and giveaways.”
One of the mistakes was actually a series of penalties. Alzner was whistled for holding Alex Ovechkin for cross-checking, Jason Chimera for slashing, Jeff Halpern for tripping and later holding and John Carlson for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“We had a couple of lapses there where it turned into penalties and they created some offensive chances and gained some momentum on special teams,” forward Joel Ward said. “Obviously you’ve got to stay out of the box and you’ve got to respect their team and their offense for sure. I think we’re just hurting ourselves more than other teams outplaying us.”
As for the Orlov turnover, Hunter described it as “a bad pass. And it ended up in the net.”
It’s true. The video don’t lie.