The first game full of errors, poor defensive coverage and careless penalties could easily be shrugged off as growing pains for a team with a new coach and new system. Maybe even the second, too.
But as the
Undone once more by a plethora of untimely penalties, inept special teams play and a downright lack of cohesion, the Capitals lost, 4-1, to the
Washington is the only team in the
"I would say some of our mistakes are pure effort. It's very upsetting. Not pushing the panic button, but obviously it's upsetting," Capitals coach
For the third consecutive game, the Capitals' top players looked like shadows of themselves. Oates tried three different wings alongside
"I think it's embarrassing the way we played," Backstrom said. "We've really got to regroup and talk about this and play the way we should."
The Capitals played perhaps their strongest period of the young season in the first against Montreal, but the start of the second brought derailment in the form of penalties.
Ovechkin was whistled for interference less than two minutes in, and while on the penalty kill,