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Oates says Caps ‘figured out a way to lose it tonight’

Adam Oates

Head coach Adam Oates of the Washington Capitals watches the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on February 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. (February 4, 2013 - Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

It’s understandable that Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates is frustrated with the state of things, especially as his team couldn’t hold onto a 3-2 lead and eventually succumbed to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday. He made it pretty clear that he believes the Caps blew it, as the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera reports.

“We played a pretty good game but we figured out a way to lose it tonight,” Oates said.

The Capitals either held a lead or were tied with the Penguins all night until giving up those two goals to lose. Times have been frustrating for Washington, as the team has lost three games in a row and seven of nine, all by slim margins.

Oates said “We blew it” or variations thereof numerous times; thought #Caps needed line changes on plays that led to Pens’ 3rd and 4th goals

— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) January 16, 2014

Of course, while the Capitals may feel a little demoralized, it was a special night for Olli Maatta, who scored the first game-winner of his career.

Maybe it shouldn’t have been a big surprise, either:

Before the game, Jussi Jokinen told Olli Maatta “it should be time to score a goal.” Olli told us after the game: “I listened.”

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 16, 2014

Oates & Co. wish he tuned him out, instead.

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