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Brouwer on Caps: “We looked like a real timid, beaten down hockey team.”

Dale Hunter

Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter reacts behind the bench during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Friday, March 2, 2012, in Washington. New Jersey shutout the Capitals 5-0. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)


Last night’s 5-0 loss to New Jersey was about as low as it has gotten for the Capitals. The team looked disinterested, the fans booed them, and hell, some of them even left early after being sick of watching what used to be one of the league’s most exciting teams play another miserable game.

Leave it to forward Troy Brouwer to bring the truth that hits the hardest as he told Chuck Gormley of after the game. Sometimes the truth is as obvious as it seems.

“I don’t think we worked very hard in the third period; I thought we packed it in,” right wing Troy Brouwer said. “We looked like a real timid, beaten down hockey team. We have to address that and make sure there is no quit in us, ever.”

It’s quite the drastic change for the Caps after just winning three in a row before last night’s debacle. Good vibrations get stunted after a stink bomb of a game like that and with good reason. For everything right the Caps did during their win streak, none of that appeared at all last night. It’s almost as if the Caps are a very mental team that folds up the tents at the first sign of trouble.