NHL Playoffs Bracket: Who is to Blame for the Washington Capitals’ Collapse?

April 29th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
Last night the Washington Capitals were defeated 2-1 in the seventh game of their first round series with the Montreal Canadiens. They lost three straight games in one of the biggest opening round upsets in Stanley Cup Playoff history. I am sure the fans in Washington are looking for someone to blame for this loss. Here is a look at some of the keys to the loss by the Capitals.

John Carlson

In seven games he gave away the puck 12 times. Also, on the winning goal he slowed his skating enough to allow Dominec Moore room to pick up the loose puck. This allowed Moore the time and space he needed to score the eventual game winner for the Montreal Canadiens, and complete the miraculous comeback.

Mike Green

Firstly, his cross check for the penalty in the Canadiens zone that led to a Montreal four on three power play was needless. That is an example of a player trying very hard to make something happen and becoming frustrated.

Secondly, on the winning goal, while he did take his man out of the play, he also lost the battle for puck possession along the boards in his own end. This led to Maxime Lapierre being able to mak ...

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