NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Washington Capitals

Yet again. (Photo credit: USA Today)

Alex Ovechkin sat on the bench, glaring down at the ice with his head between his hands. He looked defeated, because he was. His sixth visit to the Stanley Cup Playoffs was about to end in another disappointing loss, after another year failing to meet expectations.

After the game, Ovi stood in front the white board at the far end of the Capitals locker room and went off.

I am not saying there was a phone call from [the NHL], but someone just wanted Game 7. For the ratings; you know, the lockout, escrow, the league needs to make profit.

Ovi then backtracked a little, going from blaming the refs to the entire Washington Capitals roster, including himself.

It’s very frustrating. That’s the whole point; you have to win the games and try to win the Cup.

We have a great coaching staff, good group of guys who support each other. It doesn’t matter what happen, we not yelling at each other, nobody was pointing finger like it’s your fault we lose the game. It’s everybody’s fault. All guys are at fault. My fault, Backie’s, Ribs’s — everybody. It’s not about one person or two persons, it’s about the team. We don’t get team success in game seven and game six. It’s blame on us.

Then there was Nick Backstrom. He spoke in a soft tone, not able to bring himself to stand up. Like Ovechkin, he’s been through this many times before. NBC Washington’s Adam Vingan asked him what he’d lessoned he learned from the series. Nicky was blunt.

Learn how to play in the playoffs, same thing as previous years. We came back in the regular season and playoffs came — not good enough. I can only talk for myself and my effort — not good enough. No excuses, just a bad effort. … It’s like deja vu. It happened before. It’s a bad feeling right now.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/djsalo Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    I blame Maria…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5502938 John Barduhn

    I blame TSwift.

  • Andy Singhas

    I blame Geico.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jongarcia36 Jonathan Garcia

    I blame Bill Ladson.

    Before I go to the #Nats clubhouse, I just want to say the Washington #Capitals will win tonight and go to the next round. #NHL— William Ladson (@washingnats) May 13, 2013

  • http://twitter.com/SealClubbur The Seal

    I blame Hadeed

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.pamparau Adrian Ovi Pamparau

    I blame Lundqvist

  • OlietheGoalie

    I blame the whole team. No confidence when the chips are down. Last night was probably the worst choke I’ve watched from them.

  • Kyle Schoembs

    The homer in me wonders what if they had an extra day between Game 6 & 7 to kind of let go of 6 and refocus on 7. I know they are pros, but I feel like 6 was stolen from them and not by the Ranges (and it seems like a lot of the guys in the Caps locker room felt the same). After the Asham goal the Caps started pressing and took quantity over quality shots. Either way the Rangers WON Game 7 with the same time off, so no excuse just a fanboy’s “what if…”

  • missenjeu

    Wasn’t he the one who posted a tweet saying that the Nats had won Game 5 last fall?

    I think GEICO shares the blame — with that cringeworthy commercial joking about Lord Stanley’s cup.

  • Boomer44

    it wasn’t the concert here it was the Knicks in NYC, if the series had started on Wed, May 1 instead of Thur May 2 and gone every other day, Game 6 would have been in NY on MAy 11 and game 7 last night so the TSwift concerts had no effect

  • IarePoopFace

    Can someone explain to me why there are brackets around certain nouns?

    Example:I am not saying there was a phone call from [the NHL]

    or “[We] shit ourselves”

  • KareeLyn

    The bracketed information wasn’t expressly said, but is implied from context. The brackets and the info inside are intended to provide more clarity, without changing the substance of the quote. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andywalker Andy Walker

    If a crucial, but unheard or unspoken (e.g. due to lack of linguistic familiarity) noun or pronoun is omitted but it is clear beyond reasonable doubt that what they meant was known, often it is filled in in brackets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Chastain/1573260692 Stephen Chastain

    I have a confession to make. Its my fault. I only went to two games all year, and it was the shutout vs Carolina and this one. I’m not going to any next year to make up for my sins.

  • elguapo

    So if the actual quote was “I am not saying there was a phone call from them” the author will replace the pronoun with what was inferred by context, [the NHL].

  • Docbobvet

    So do you stay with this line up or change it??

  • http://www.facebook.com/sabrina.e.hicks Sabrina Hicks

    you know you feel bad when you have to use emerson quotes, but…”Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Thanks RWE. Go CAPS!

  • Pete

    You haven’t been watching long…

  • OlietheGoalie

    I’ve been watching since ’97/’98. I remember the early aughts breakdowns, but only heard about the multiple Penguin first round destructions in the early 1990s. I’ve never gone back and watched the games because really… what’s the point? I know the statistics.

  • 28IS(still)GREAT

    I blame Latisys

  • Moira Donohue

    I don’t want to blame anyone. I just want to cry.

  • http://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud Slava Malamud

    And not linking to my Tweet was funny because ______.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CCCPRoniC Gregory Ivanov

    I feel very disappointed for the Caps loss. It is extremely frustrating fighting through missed calls and bad calls. I would like to extend to you fans an opportunity to rate these referees: http://getthemrated.com/ I follow RMNB, and will be very sad to not see more exciting updates.
    I think that is is possible to make an argument to the league that IF there is concrete statistics and review of EVERY referee and their performance (including linesmen) we – THE FANS – can make a difference and not allow a bad referee to continue his career like this. Moreover, there are plenty of referees around the world that would LOVE a chance to officiate in the NHL. Help us get the right ratings and hopefully this game will become cleaner and cleaner. (I am after you Kozari and Joannette… AMAZING SEASON GUYS!!! Be proud of what you have accomplished and work hard to gain more next year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005713165 Pat Magee

    I blame John Erskine. They said after that callahan goal, it was over….

  • Mecker

    Holtby needs a hug.

  • yv

    The blame is going to the whole team, starting with Adam Oates, for not ,developing different tactics and readying team to adjust, as Torts and Rangers did after two first losses (third time Caps stepping on the same $h1t as with Habs and TBL series before), to very inconsistent goaltending by Holtby, to porous defending, especially by Erskine and bottom pair, and to absence of production from top two lines in critical moments. While previous couple games had suspecting refereeing, the Game 7 was lost not because of refs but ugly show up of all of those problems combined. What can you tell, if to somehow get a puck, your captain and best scorer was forced to go after the puck by himself, landing amazing 12!! of game total 13! hits just during the first 20-25 min of the game. Team might eventually responded to this efforts and game might go differently if not that deflating very soft first goal, allowed by Holtby.

    Well, the only you can say, again, is hopefully next year it would be different, despite to get into playoffs would be much tougher?? The topic now would be which players and how to fit them under the falling cap limit, so that to be ready to play in very tough division next season?

  • yv

    BTW, Ovi going to the Worlds, seemingly will arrive there tomorrow.

  • johnnymorte

    I blame GMGM. We got an injured third liner that replaced the brightest prospect in Europe. He let Semin go, and got Ribeiro. We lost a shooter, and got a passer. Before we had two shooters and one passer. Now we have two passers and one shooter. Yeah Brouwer stepped it up in the regular season, but he’s still a career third liner who had a career year. Again, we have a core of third liners that failed during the crucial moments. Someone has to face facts here and GM has not done his job of putting this team together. Break up the band. This is not working.

  • Joben

    I blame sportsyapper

  • http://twitter.com/priscillamay1 Priscilla Villanueva

    A lot of blame to go around…but I think most of the blame lies on the defensive execution in Game 3-4 (coaches/players), most of the Rangers goals came from defensive breakdowns/miscues, wearing down D in their own end – etc. Felt as if they didn’t have their game plan or enough skill buttoned up for playing with a lead in that environment. This is something Coach Oates will hopefully take home with him this summer. The Caps have proven that they are not a team that will have much success in game 7. It has to be a calculated, desperate, boot on the neck approach to avoid Game 7 at all costs. Lundqvist only got superhuman after they got to 2-2 in the series.

  • X

    Everything you’re saying is completely wrong. Erat is a top six forward as is Brouwer. Semin left by his own will; GMGM actually tried to resign him. He stole Ribeiro. You place too much emphasis on ‘passers’ over ‘shooters’ Semin and Ribeiro are both very good players of similar talent level. You’re really dumb, and GMGM is certainly not the problem in DC. Also, the REAL brightest star in Europe, Evgeny Kuznetsov, is still in our pocket.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Your tone isn’t very helpful. Please try to make your point without resorting to calling the other guy names.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Did he say that in Russian too? He said that on CSN’s post-game show in English.

  • Dark Stranger

    I agree there were certainly problems on how team was put together. While Semin “technically” left on his own, it didn’t appear that GMGM tried too hard to keep him.

    Ribs would have been useful to have on a team with Semin, certainly. It’s questionable whether they could have afforded him

    Brouwer had a wonderful year this year, that is true. Even though I consider him more of a 2nd liner than a 3rd liner although he functions there too. (He has spent some time on 1st line though.) Brouwer also has the tendency to be either uber hot in productivity or uber cold, which was actually the standard criticism of the departed Semin.

    I do wonder about the long term with the fact that the prospect Forsberg was traded for Erat, especially when it’s iffy that Ribs will be on the team next year. If Ribs doesn’t stay, essentially that means we’ve replaced Semin with Erat and lost two prospect in the bargain (if you also count Cody Eakin who left in the Ribs deal.)

  • http://twitter.com/MsIsobel Isobel Moody

    DO NOT BLAME MARIA. I think it’s pretty clear that if she had any effect at all(which I would be skeptical of on principle), then it was getting us to the playoffs in the first place

  • http://twitter.com/B_Scarbro Benjamin Scarbro

    I blame the length of the above comment.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I blame me for not growing a beard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5502938 John Barduhn

    Uh. Yeah. Wasn’t referring to the scheduling.

  • Harry

    It’s Bush’s fault

  • http://www.facebook.com/djsalo Christoffer Salo Salomonsson

    i blame her because se wasn´t in Washington supporting

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  • Bucky Katt

    Well shifting into that new division may well toughen ‘em up for the playoffs and getting beyond the 1st and 2nd round, *if* they make it into the top 8.
    “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”