Washington’s playoff hopes and season saw their demise Saturday night in a 2-1 loss in Game 7 to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. For a fifth straight season, the Capitals have failed to advance beyond the second round.
Read more about the loss in the game story from New York, Tom Boswell’s column and Tarik El-Bashir’s look at how the Capitals couldn’t foil Henrik Lundqvist, and take the poll on how you’d frame the season.
In addition to all that, here is some of the postgame reaction from numerous players.
Karl Alzner on how he will view the season: “I’m gonna view it as an underachieved season, in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t feel the same way. The group was extremely good, we were a very good team. A lot of skill but a good team.
“We didn’t show it during the regular season but it only mattered come this time, playoffs and we started playing really well and had probably our worst game in our Game 7, which is very, very unfortunate. We’re probably going to view it as a failure, just because we didn’t do what we thought we should do.”
Alex Ovechkin on the loss: “It’s terrible feeling now. All I can say, we do our best and it’s probably best team I played. You know, group of guys and atmosphere, everybody was – it’s unbelievable to play and I hope everybody gonna stay here ‘til next year. It’s hard.”
Troy Brouwer on his emotions: “Proud of the guys, that’s for sure. A lot of people counted us out even early in the first round. And here we are in Game 7 of the second round. I thought we battled, I thought we handled ourselves real well. Just very proud of the guys’ effort and the character in this room.”
Nicklas Backstrom on whether he had any regrets: “No, not really. I think everyone wants to play in the playoffs. I think we played the right way. I think we were playing way better this year than ever in the playoffs. Everybody was committed and doing their job. We came up short and that’s the way it is.”
Brooks Laich on expectations: “I don’t think we exceeded anybody’s expectations. We certainly had more aspirations than what the season turned out. There’s no solace in any of that.
“I thought we did some really good things. I thought the way it ended last year and the way it ended this year, I thought we took more positive steps – I thought we were a lot closer this year than last year. I think we play the right way. We played a very good hockey team. They were just able to get one more goal. It’s tough.”