February 26, 2011- Head coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t mince words at the post-game press conference after his team, the Washington Capitals, got dismantled 6-0 by the visiting New York Rangers last night.
“Our fans deserve better,” Boudreau bemoaned. “We deserved to get booed there. It’s not fun when you come home and you have the best fans in the world and you play like that.”
The Caps were playing at home in their first game in almost two weeks, after playing five consecutive games out of town. The road trip ended strongly with powerful defensive victories against the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are still without star forward Sidney Crosby, who may be gone the year with a severe concussion. In this game, however, the Caps let in more goals in the first 15 minutes than they had already allowed in those two previous games combined.
The devastating defeat was the worst loss at home for the team in over four years when they were humiliated 7-1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 24, 2006. Superstar forward Alex Ovechkin was the only Capital to score in that setback game.
Ovechkin summed up how the team felt in this blow-out defeat at the hands of the Rangers saying, “Everybody feels embarrassed. We didn’t score. They scored six. We’ll have to forget about [the game] and get ready for tomorrow’s game.”