The Washington Capitals will be the last team in the NHL to earn a point in the standings. To date, they've lost 6-3 on the road in Tampa Bay, at home 4-2 against Winnipeg and at home 4-1 against Montreal.
Frustrations are boiling over and it has one Capital, forward Troy Brouwer, apologizing to fans that have suffered through a miserable start to the 2013 campaign.
If you're wondering what Capitals fans are going through, give our very own Jeff Kleiman a follow on Twitter and read through his feed. It's a sad state of affairs but at the very least some Capitals fans are able to find humor in such a depressing situation.
Back to Brouwer.
Shortly after his team's third consecutive lost, the Washington forward had some rather blunt statements for the media. In an interview seen on CSN Washington, Brouwer said:
"Embarrassing is almost the right term right now. Pathetic is probably a better one. I feel bad for the fans. I’d like to finish a game with at least 50 percent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted, booing us. We haven’t earned any of their respect. We haven’t earned any of their passion. We’ve got to turn this around and we’ve got to do it fast."
Brouwer certainly tells it like it is. To date, the Capitals have allowed 14 goals while only scoring six. They're struggling on the penalty kill, allowing seven goals in 18 chances. Between the pipes, Braden Holtby has a save percentage of .863%. Michal Neuvirth checks in just below him at .818%.
The Washington Capitals aren't just struggling in one area of the game. They're struggling in nearly every facet of the game.
Head coach Adam Oates also commented on their poor start, stating the team looked "fragile" and that they weren't working hard. This might be the most troubling aspect of Washington's poor start. Fans have been quick to point out that numerous players simply don't look like they're trying their hardest.
Add in Mike Ribeiro's recent accusations against NHL officiating crews and you've got yourself some rocky times in Washington.
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