The Capitals walked away with the overtime win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, but you wouldn't know it from the mood in the locker room following the game.
For a team that has found wins hard to come by of late, heading into Wednesday's game Washington had lost three of their last four, you would expect some measure of relief after taking two points in the standings.
But there was none of that.
"It's not good enough," Nicklas Backstrom said. "We wanted to be a better team, we want to play tight, we want to be able to shut teams down."
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After jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Bruins, the Capitals took their foot off the gas, allowing Boston to tie the game and force overtime.
"We sat back," Justin Williams said. "Three-nothing lead isn't like it was 10 years ago. you still have to play the same way that got you the lead. We sat back and if you sit back five percent, ten percent, teams feel that and they put the pedal down."
The feeling of frustration and disappointment was evident following the game. It wasn't that the Caps had allowed Boston to erase a three-goal deficit, but the way they did it.
After taking a 3-0 lead at the 5:51 into the second period, the Capitals would not register another shot on goal until 12:28 had elapsed in the third period. That's a stretch of 26:27 without a single shot on goal.
Sloppy mistakes also cost the Caps, especially on Boston's second goal.
With the score 3-1, the game still felt very much in hand for Washington until Boston capitalized on an egregious turnover from Evgeny Kuznetsov.
David Pastrnak dispossessed Kuznetsov of the puck at the Bruins’ blue line with a poke check. Kuznetsov then nonchalantly turned to retrieve the puck, but Pastrnak out-hustled and outmuscled him for the breakaway goal. Suddenly Washington had lost control and Boston had seized the momentum.
The fact that Washington was still able to escape with two points was little consolation after the game.
"Results don't always show what happens," Braden Holtby said. "That's why you play 82, the averages even out over 82."
He was not referring to the three games the Caps had lost since Thanksgiving. He was referring to his own team and an effort that should not have been good enough to earn a win on Wednesday.
"Really we were lucky to get two points," Backstrom said. "I think that's on us."
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