So where do the Capitals go from here?
Washington fans were left pondering that question after the Capitals fell 7-1 to the slumping, injury depleted Maple Leafs Saturday night.
“The other games, I think it was one or two areas that we got exposed, that cost us,” forward Mike Knuble told reporters. “Tonight it was just an (backside) kicking every which way.Even strength, short-handed, from the goalies to the D to the forwards, four-on-five, five-on-four – (a backside) kicking.”
The Caps are 1-5-1 in their last seven games and 3-7-1 in their last 11. Beleaguered coach Bruce Boudreau has to be in major trouble as a result.
What did Boudreau say to the team after this latest fiasco?
“Just that we’re obviously a better team than we’re showing right now,” Capitals forward Troy Brouwer told reporters. “He just wants us to make sure that we’re playing good hockey, and giving ourselves a chance to win. And right now we’re not doing that.
“With the coaches, they’ve got to find a way to make us get going. And us as players need to take it upon ourselves. There’s a lot that we need to fix around here right now. I think we have the guys in here to do it, and luckily it’s early.”
Washington plays four games in a six-night span. How the team responds could say a lot about the rest of their season.
“We’re obviously not getting the job done right now,” Boudreau told reporters. “To answer that question I have to talk about certain things that I don’t want to talk about.
“You just have to work hard. You’ll get out of it. We’ll get out of it. You work hard, and it’s four games. It went from losing in a shootout, to controlling the game until the last 30 seconds, to losing fairly bad, to getting smoked. It feels like the end of the world, but it’s not the end of the world.”