The Capitals lost their second straight game to the Bruins last night, and many, including Washington's players, cited the stellar play of Boston goalie Tim Thomas as the primary factor.
"His lateral movement was just phenomenal," Caps winger Mike Knuble said of Thomas, who stopped 73 of 75 shots in two games against Washington. "He was a huge part of this game."
Added rookie Marcus Johansson: "I think we did a lot of stuff right to get goals but he was always there to stop them. That's the way it is sometimes; he had a great day."
But according to Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, that's just an excuse for a good team's poor play.
"I don't like to read about hot goaltenders being the reason for our loss," Leonsis wrote this morning on his personal blog, Ted's Take. "If you are a good team, it is more about you than them. ...
"We aren't a very good team right now. We have a lot of work to do in practice. We have to heal up as we seem to lose a player in every game to injury that jumbles up the lines. We are what our record says we are and right now, we are just an average NHL team."