The view from Washington

First, an early reminder that Kings TV analyst Jim Fox will be doing one of his regular live chats on LAKings.com today at 2 p.m. To get your questions ready, you can get to the chat by clicking here. No doubt, Jim will have a lot to say about last night’s game (you can ask him about how his pregame prediction almost came to pass again). Washington goalie Tomas Vokoun had been rolling, with a total of five goals allowed during a four-game winning streak, but then Vokoun allowed five goals to San Jose on Saturday and four goals to the Kings last night before he was pulled after the second period. The Capitals had been a superb 5-for-7 on the power play in their previous four games, but went 0-for-3 against the Kings. To see how The Washington Post and The Washington Times covered last night’s game, check out the links below, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Capitals’ locker room…

Loss extends road woes for Washington (The Washington Post)

Capitals endure another road beating, get dominated by Kings (The Washington Times)

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COACH DALE HUNTER
(on the game…) “They came out pretty hard on us and they forechecked us hard. We came out in the first few shifts and Johansson scored, but they out-hit us tonight. We didn’t play tough enough against them and it happens.”

(on giving up scoring chances…) “We made some bad decisions, (like) pinching in the neutral zone. When you pinch you have to be 100-percent sure that you get the puck, and we made some bad decisions. When they pinch, they came right back on us with a 3-on-1 and put it in the net.”

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ALEX OVECHKIN
(on the game…) “I don’t think it’s all about me; it’s all about us. We wanted to have a good start and we had a good start. Two mistakes cost us almost the whole game. (Dennis) Wideman lost a guy in our zone and he got a goal and (Brooks) Laich lost a puck. I’m not calling out only these two guys. I had mistakes in our zone and everybody had mistakes in our zone and that cost us the game.”

(on the overall team performance…) “I think we had a pretty good start. We had emotion and we scored the first goal. After that, we just stopped playing and my line had a couple of chances. Including that, we didn’t do anything in the offensive zone and I think there was communication in the neutral zone and we started playing in the defensive zone.”

(on the Capitals’ power play…) “If you score on power plays, it’s a big advantage and you have to use it. Today we had only two power plays and on the second one we had a pretty good chance to score.”

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