Caps do little right in 11-5 icing

Kolzig chased from goal by Ottawa after 1 period


November 14, 2001|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - The Ottawa Senators, unencumbered by human interference, set a franchise goal-scoring record last night, trouncing the Washington Capitals, 11-5, behind Daniel Alfreds son (hat trick and one assist), Marian Hossa (two goals, three assists), Shawn McEachern (two goals, one assist) and Karel Rachunek (four assists).

Ottawa's 11 goals also tied a Washington record, which had been matched three times before, for goals-allowed on home ice.

"Obviously, that was embarrassing." said Washington goalie Craig Billington, who came on in relief of Olie Kolzig at the beginning of the second period. "We all need to look in the mirror, determine what we need to do to be part of the solution and then go out and work it."

It was the Capitals" seventh loss in eight games and might have left the crowd of 15,027 wondering if Washington's entire defense had gone on the injury list with defensive leader Calle Johansson, who is out for the season following rotator cuff surgery Monday.

The Capitals were playing with out three of their regular defense men, Ken Klee (ribbs), Brendan Witt (a family funeral) and Johnas son), but that had little to do with the way the Capitals made a complete shambles of coach Ron Wilson's game plan.

"For large parts of the game, we didn't look like we knew what we were doing in our own end." Wilson said. "Blame me, we didn't spend any time working on our end at practice yesterday. Our forwards didn't play our system. We're so worried about scoring goals, we're not protecting our own end. You just can't swing just thinking about scoring at the other end. You don't want to embarrass your defensemen, your young defense men, your goalie.

"The oldest trick in the book is to point to young guys. There are six guys on the ice who have to shoulder the responsibility. If one guy makes a mistake, others are supposed to pick it up for him."

The return of Jaromir Jagr (one assist), after missing four games with a knee injury, was nearly lost in the defensive disarray. Now the Capitals (6-10-1) face the unenviable task of going to Philadelphia tomorrow for a game with the Flyers. In two games against the Flyers this season, the Caps already have been manhandled, 6-3 and 3-0.

Ottawa (10-6-1) came in here on a franchise-record six-game winning streak and by 7:07 of the first period no one was wondering why. They had three goals by then and by the time the second period started had chased Kolzig, who gave up five goals on 14 shots, to the bench.

"We've always struggled against Washington." said Alfredsson, who did not celebrate his hat trick. 'We've been where they are tonight. There have been nights when Peter Bondra has scored five goals in our building. I didn't want to celebrate. There are times when you have to show some respect for your opponent."

All of it dampened the joy of Caps rookie Matt Pettinger, who scored his first NHL goal at 6:59 to make it a 9-4 game.

NOTE: The Capitals recalled de fenseman Frantisek Kucera from Sparta Praha of the Czech League, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced.

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