In an exclusive interview with Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, Capitals head coach Adam Oates opened up about his first season as a head choch, including losing to the Rangers in the playoffs. And it must be said: it sounds like a bunch of finger pointing and complaining.
On the series against the Rangers…
'' I think we played pretty good hockey for six-and a-half games. I don’t think we got the best shake with the referees, especially in New York [in Game 6]. I don’t think the discrepancy of the calls [five power plays for the Rangers, none for the Caps] were fair, but what are you going to do about it, right? [Rangers goalie Henrik] Lundqvist played fantastic. I mean, my token answer to you is that Lundqvist played absolutely fantastic and we couldn't’ get through him. I talked to a lot of the guys about finding other ways to beat a good goalie and we could’t find other ways to get opportunities.''
– The fact that after a month has passed Oates is still blaming the refs for not calling a penalty in Game 6 confirms to me what I said last month about them losing the series on their own. He comes off completely immature and I blame him for his team's collapse in a series they could, and should have, won. He lost focus which trickled down to his team losing focus.
– Nice to know Henrik Lundqvist got in their heads.
– More on Oates: grow up. First, he takes shots at the now-departed Torts, saying he'd 'easily' beat him up in a fight. Now, he's still blaming everyone but himself for losing in the playoffs. Oates has a lot to learn still as to what it takes to be a head coach.
– Divisional games against the Capitals are going to be tons of fun starting next season.
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