Yesterday the Caps overcame a sloppy performance on Long Island to prevail in overtime. Tonight they were too bad to get to the extra session. Some notes and quotes from the aftermath:
* Bruce Boudreau was steaming after the game, so here is some of what he had to say:
“We didn’t come to play in the first period, and when you don’t come to play in two of the three periods you’re not going to win hockey games.”
ON LAST GOAL
“Listen, we would have lost long before that goal if it wasn’t for [Theodore] in the third period. I’m not blaming him. I’m blaming the selfish play and the lazy play on our part.”
ON PENALTY KILLING
“We only had five [to kill]. We figure if we keep them to 3, 4 or 5 and we should win. If it doesn’t get better, we’re not going nowhere and guys are going to start losing their penalty-killing jobs if they don’t start getting with the program. That’s horrendous. That’s eight games in a row we’ve allowed a PK goal and if we don’t do that, we probaly win another two or three of the games we’ve lost.”
ON SEMIN’S PENALTY
“I don’t know. Go ask him.”
AGAIN ON SEMIN’S PENALTY
“You don’t do plays like that. You don’t make dump mistakes like that. It just goes without saying. He tried to make a boards-to-boards pass to Erskine that was intercepted by Alfredsson and then he went after Alfredsson instead of just pulling out and saying, ‘OK, I made the mistake. Let’s get it right.’ “
“He was by no means the only one who made dumb mistakes.”
So yeah, Bruce Bouderau = not happy after this one. Jose Theodore was really good but he had little help. Donald Brashear also had a very nice game — he was a presence without needing to fight with his forechecking and physical play.
Beyond that, well this was one to forget. Sergei Fedorov had a goal, but he also had some bad giveaways in his own zone — most notably the one that led to the power play and Dany Heatley’s second goal.
Tomas Fleischmann made a great play to set up David Steckel, but he was really bad in the first period. Mike Green racked up 28 minutes, but he had too many giveaways. That’s pretty much the way this night went — no one was without blame (except maybe Theodore).