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A Frustrated Adam Oates

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The recurrence of problems like turnovers and lost assignments off a faceoff that contributed to the slow start and the six minor penalties that prevented Washington from making any headway, made Friday’s 3-2 loss to Montreal a more maddening outing for Coach Adam Oates.

“Sometimes when I’m up here, I’m more frustrated than others in terms of how the game went,” Oates said during his post-game news conference. “Tonight I’m a little bit more mad at some of the older guys [who didn’t] help the young kids out. We all watch our shifts, we all watch video. We have a simple formula and when we don’t do it, we give them chances.”

Montreal’s first goal by Travis Moen was the result of a turnover by Mikhail Grabovski as he exited the Capitals’ zone. Their second goal came on a deflection by David Desharnais and while there wasn’t enough video evidence to wipe out the goal as having been scored by a high stick, it wasn’t that ambiguity that bothered Oates. It was that Washington failed in its coverage assignments after losing a faceoff.


Regarding the reviewed goal, I thought it would be ruled a no goal by the situation room, you can decide yourself by watching it below.  Scroll to the 1:15 mark to see why I thought it should have been ruled no goal.

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I’m a Habs fan and I was surprised that goal wasn’t overturned, it really looks to me like Desharnais touched the puck above the crossbar.  But I’ll also note I’ve seen a bunch of instances of this this season, where the video review that I see on the broadcasts clearly shows the call on the ice was wrong, but the war room in Toronto doesn’t overturn the calls.

Posted by ransacktheelder on 11/23/13 at 12:08 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

The caps are putrid 5-on-5. Eventually, PP’s go through droughts so you’re even-strength play has to take up the slack.
So when you’re captain and ‘top’ player only has ONE even-strength assist, THAT’s your problem.

Ovie, aka, Most Overrated Offensive Player.

Posted by Hank1974 on 11/23/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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