WASHINGTON It appears that its not just Capitals fans, coaches, players and management that feel there is a league-wide conspiracy against them in their series against the Boston Bruins.
Caps owner Ted Leonsis went to his Teds Take blog to complain about the NHL officiating while also declaring There is no need to comment or complain right now in a public forum we made our case in the hearing.
Thats a pretty neat blogging trick, isnt it?
Anyway, Leonsis intimates that the Bruins are getting the benefit of the doubt on close calls because theyre the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Here is the full blog post by Leonsis that keeps in line with the woe is me tone the Capitals have taken over the last couple of days:
If it doesnt kill you it will make you stronger. We will play game 4 of the series without our number 1 center Nicklas Backstrom. There is no need to comment or complain right now in a public forum we made our case in the hearing; it didnt register on NHL officials. Complaining may make us feel better but it wont help us in our preparation for Thursdays game it is all about focus and attention to detail for us in this coming match up now. We have beaten the Bruins without Backstrom in the lineup this season, We need to take positive thoughts into this next game. We cant let the officials play a role in our game planning we need to remain disciplined and remember that the defending Stanley Cup champs will always get the benefit of the doubt; we need to rise above the noise and focus on signal; play tight defense capitalize on Bostons mistakes score when we get a power play; continue to rely on strong play in net. Dont retaliate to plays after the whistle. It is the playoffs; these things always happen; focus and attention to detail is what matters; we cant be distracted. Keep the faith; Go Caps!
Leonsis deserves some credit for trying to stay above the fray, but he couldnt seem to help himself after Washington released a statement on Wednesday saying the team didn't understand the Backstrom suspension. They say that any sports organization gets its personality and attitude from the top, and that would seem to bethe case in Washington.