The Washington Times - May 14, 2013, 12:24AM

Nicklas Backstrom called his performance for the Washington Capitals against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals “embarrassing.” Along with Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson, the top line failed to make much of an impact, and not just in a 5-0 Game 7 loss Monday.

“I can just talk for myself, my effort,” Backstrom said. “That’s embarrassing.”


Backstrom finished with a goal, two assists and a minus-2 rating. Ovechkin and Johansson each had a goal and an assist. The top line couldn’t get anything done in Game 7.

“Nobody was pointing a figure that it was somebody’s fault we lose the game,” Ovechkin said. “It’s everybody’s fault. All the guys’ fault. My fault. Backy’s. it’s everybody. It’s not about one person or two people, it’s about the team. We don’t get team success in Game 7 or Game 6, so blame it on us.”

There is plenty of blame to go around, but the Rangers found a way to shut down the trio of Ovechkin, Backstrom and Johansson that keyed Washington’s run to the Southeast Division title.

New York captain Ryan Callahan and shutdown defensive pairing Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi got the job done.

“Obviously they played good on us, but we should still score goals,” Backstrom said.