The Drawing BoardPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
After last night's 5-1 loss to the Sabres in Buffalo, the phrase "drawing board' came up a couple of times. "“It’s back to the drawing board and let’s see where we’re at," said Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. "We’ve got to get more consistent, better efforts from a number of people. The consistency is definitely lacking and we’ve got to find out the reason why.” Caps winger Mike Knuble was asked about the team's recent play after its fast (7-0) start this season. "Usually winning is the norm around here," said Knuble. "And that’s not the way it is right down. Back to the drawing board. Like I said, the first thing we do is keep the goals against down. I think that will help our cause." That's actually the tack the Caps tried to employ last night. Boudreau told me after the game that the Caps were trying for a 2-1 or 1-0 result, but the Sabres foiled that plan by scoring twice early and the Caps never adjusted. Brooks Laich thought some things went well, and some guys worked an played hard. That's obviously not enough. “I thought we did some good things," says Laich. "I thought some guys worked and played hard. It just wasn’t there tonight. I don’t know what to say. We have to dissect the video and see what we did wrong and go from there. I don’t have the answer right now.” Karl Alzner discussed the team's sagging confidence right now. “There’s definitely a lack of confidence," said Alzner. "You can see it in certain guys that are usually so confident with the puck and stuff that they do. That’s hard to get back. It’s up to us as a team and coaches and everybody, we’ve got to give everyone as much confidence as possible especially through a stretch like this because everyone comes to the rink and they’re down, we get a goal scored against us and we’re down. Things need to be positive I think, as much as everybody gets frustrated. We need to band together and turn all these negatives into a positive or at least help each other out.” They'll bring out the drawing board on Monday at Kettler. Defense, hard work and confidence all likely to be discussed/worked on. Another three-game homestand looms this week, with St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Ottawa coming in.
In his days as captain of the Washington Capitals, Dale Hunter was a man of few words. He preferred to let his on-ice work do the talking. Now that he is in the coaching racket, Hunter spends more time than he’d like chatting with media. During his playing days, Hunter wasn’t the type to hold court