Capitals embarrassed by Hurricanes

Washington’s 5-0 loss is worst defeat under Hunter

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Florida’s struggles and the inability for the Toronto Maple Leafs to put much of a run together seems to logically mean the Caps just need to play adequate hockey to make the playoffs. Monday was far from that.

“We keep getting breaks and other teams are helping us. Florida loses yesterday and Toronto loses the night before in Vancouver,” right wing Mike Knuble said. “You watch the standings, and it’s like nobody wants it. And that’s what’s frustrating. Because it’s right there for us, and it’s in our control, and somebody’s got to take it.”

By the third period, Ovechkin could barely watch, his head down while sitting on the bench. His head rested on the boards as the time ticked away toward another devastating loss.

He didn’t want to share much what was going through his mind at the time.

“Nothing. I was just like very mad about myself,” Ovechkin said. “That’s all I can say.”

Hard to say much else after a loss like this — one the Caps hope to distance themselves from quickly.

“It’s very, very disappointing for our group. That being said, you can’t feel sorry,” Knuble said. “It was another game, and we’re still in the thick of things and have a chance to have a .500 trip with a win in Ottawa. I think you want to, it’s hard to say move on. Forget move on, but the next task is a big game and hopefully a big win in Ottawa.”

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