WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Stars Vs. Capitals: Mike Knuble Lashes Out After 5-2 Washington Loss

The Washington Capitals collapsed in the third period, falling at home to the Dallas Stars, 5-2. Afterwards, Mike Knuble didn't mince words about his team's play.

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Mike Knuble Explains His Postgame Comments, Says He 'Could Have Used More Tact'

Mike Knuble made headlines on Tuesday night when, following a 5-2 Washington Capitals loss to the Dallas Stars, he called out his own teammates by saying they played like a bunch of "losers" and "clowns." On Wednesday, following a grueling practice conducted by coach Bruce Boudreau, Knuble clarified those comments slightly. Via Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

“Yeah. I mean I probably could've used a little more tact or whatever. I'm not a fan of talking about my team to everybody else before I talk amongst yourselves. I probably could've used some better words, maybe. I don't know. But the fact is we're not playing well, and that was pretty evident in our practice."

Knuble said looking back, he would have liked to have raised the issue among his teammates before taking it public to the press. However, he stood by the message of what he said, even though he admitted that the message "comes out funny sometimes."

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Stars Vs. Capitals: Mike Knuble Calls Caps 'Losers,' 'Clowns' After Loss To Stars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Capitals suffered a humbling defeat Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, but Mike Knuble might have considered it humiliating. After the game, Knuble vented his frustrations over his team's play.

"You're thinking ahead," Knuble said. "You're thinking, 'Let's go have a great third period, let's get past this penalty and let's go have a great third' and then all a sudden you give up one with 20 seconds remaining on the power play. We just didn't recover. It befuddles you because this group can be so good and so complete and then we come out and play an incomplete game. We were outclassed in the third."

The Stars scored three goals in the third period, including the game-winning goal 24 seconds in and two within 32 seconds later in the period. Dallas scored highlight-reel goals all night, something that Knuble picked up on.

"They're not scoring ugly goals, either," Knuble said of the Stars. "They're snapping it around and backdoor play, goalie not even in the net. They make you look bad. It's like embarrassing when you're on the ice and guys are beating you. The other night, get beat one on four, just playing like a bunch of losers. You're going to lose if you play like that - you're going to lose every night in the league. Let alone talking about playoffs and all that. You'll lose every night in the league and I think we all went through that last year."

Knuble also called his teams' "commitment" into question.

"You practice it, but it just doesn't happen," he said. "It takes a commitment. We practice it in practice; we can't say we're not prepared. We know what we're doing, we talk about it, we watch film about it. And then it's just a commitment to doing it on the ice. Maybe through the first five games I felt top to bottom it was a better commitment. Of late, I don't know if we're all committed. It's sad to say and we all look bad because of the result - because we don't all commit. We look great when we're all committing; we look all like a bunch of clowns when we don't. A very average team when we're not all committed."


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Stars Vs. Capitals: Dallas Pulls Away In The Third Period To Win 5-2

Through the first two periods on Tuesday night, the Capitals were outplayed and seemed sluggish, falling behind on two separate occasions. After John Carlson evened it the second period, Dallas would quickly put the Caps behind again just 24 seconds into the third and final period. Adam Burish netted the goal to put the Stars back on top 3-2.

Dallas would extend the lead and ice the game in the first ten minutes of the third, resulting in a convincing win for the league’s hottest team and points leader. An Alexander Semin tripping penalty would put the Stars on the power five minutes after the Burish goal. Jamie Benn would convert the power play chance for the two goal Dallas lead. Just thirty seconds later, Eric Nystrom would bury his fourth goal of the season to put the game out of reach.

The Caps seemed frustrated all night and particularly in the third period with a three goal deficit when Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with the Stars Jake Dowell. It was just the Caps third fight of the season, and Hendricks second of the season. Bruce Boudreau indicated that the Caps have gotten too comfortable but that would change at practice tomorrow. Washington is now 2-4 since Mike Green was injured, with the Stars dominating performance putting the Capitals record at 9-4. The Caps travel to New Jersey on Friday looking to avoid a three game skid.

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Stars Vs. Capitals: John Carlson's Goal Has Caps, Stars Tied At 2-2

After an energetic first period, things seemed to cool down in the second period between the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals. That is, until John Carlson woke Washington up.

Carlson's bomb from the point was the only goal of the period as the Caps and Stars are tied at 2-2.

Carlson's second goal of the season was the Caps' second one-timer goal of the game. On an offensive zone draw, Marcus Johansson won the faceoff and sent the puck to Cody Eakin, who quickly served it up to Carlson. Carlson blasted a slap shot past Kari Lehtonen at 15:56 tied the game at 2-2.

Shots are 26-25 in favor of Dallas, but Washington outshot them in the second period 15-12.

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Stars Vs. Capitals: Michael Ryder's Two Goals Give Stars 2-1 Lead

The stars are out at Verizon Center. Unfortunately for the Washington Capitals, Michael Ryder is shining brightest.

Ryder's two goals have given the Dallas Stars a 2-1 lead over the Caps after 20 minutes.

Ryder's first goal came midway through the first period. After a Jamie Benn turnover, the loose puck came to Trevor Daley at the point. Daley cut to his left and fired a wrist shot towards the net. A heavily-screened Michal Neuvirth could not see the puck as Ryder deflected it past him for his fifth goal of the season at 10:32.

Alexander Semin tied the game at 1-1 while the Caps were on their first power play of the night. Brooks Laich sent the puck behind the net to Nicklas Backstrom in the corner, who sent a backhanded pass to Semin, who was all alone in the slot. Semin's rocket of a one-timer beat Kari Lehtonen at 15:43.

Ryder struck again less than two minutes to restore the Stars' lead. After some sustained pressure in the offensive zone, Michal Neuvirth robbed Ryder with a stick save in the crease. Ryder, however, corralled the rebound, made several dekes to catch a flailing Neuvirth off guard and slipped the puck into the net for his sixth goal of the season and second of the game.

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Stars Vs. Capitals Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals return to the ice Tuesday evening when they'll square off against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Stars have been one of the NHL's most surprising teams this season, racing out to an early lead in the Western Conference standings with a 10-3 record and 20 points. The Capitals are in solid shape after the first month of the 2011-2012 NHL season as well, currently in third place in the Eastern Conference with 18 points and first in the Southeast division with their 9-3-0 start.

The Capitals look to start another winning streak after dropping a road game to the Islanders Saturday night. It won't be easy though, as the Stars have won three in a row and four consecutive games against the Capitals.

Jamie Benn, the Stars' leading scorer with 15 goals, likes the way his team is skating right now:

"I think we're just feeding off each other and have got good chemistry out there," said Benn, who also has six assists during a five-game point streak. "I think on and off the ice we've got good chemistry and it really helps on the ice.

Here's your game time, TV schedule and other pertinent information to get you ready for Tuesday night's game, the first for Washington in three nights.

Washington Capitals (9-3-0) vs. Dallas Stars (10-3-0)

When: 7:00 pm EST

Where: Verizon Center

TV information:

  • Washington: Comcast-DC
  • Dallas: FOX Sports Southwest

Radio Information:

  • Washington: CAPS Radio 1500
  • Dallas: 1310 AM

Seaon Series: First meeting this season.

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Stars Vs. Capitals: Mike Green Out, Michal Neuvirth To Start

BALLSTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals held their morning skate as usual at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in preparation of Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars. All active roster members took part in the skate, including defenseman Mike Green, who hasn't played since October 22. Yet, Green skated with the scratches and performed skating drills long after his teammates left, meaning that he will not play Tuesday.

Green was not made available to the media following practice, but head coach Bruce Boudreau said that "right now, it is" a possibility that Green could return this weekend during back-to-back games with the New Jersey Devils.

Forward Jay Beagle skated on his own before practice, according to a team spokesman. Boudreau said that that was the plan as Beagle gets closer to being cleared for contact in practice. Beagle has yet to play or fully practice since his fight with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Arron Asham October 13.

Meanwhile, Michal Neuvirth left the ice first, meaning that he will start against the Stars. Mathieu Perreault joined Green and Tomas Vokoun in the scratches skate and will likely sit Tuesday.

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Stars Vs. Capitals: Two Of NHL's Best Set To Face Off

In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals are on top of the Southeast Division and only look up to two teams in the conference standings. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are all alone on top of both the Central Division and Western Conference. Tuesday at Verizon Center, the stars will be out literally and figuratively as Dallas and Washington face off in a match-up of the NHL's best.

The 10-3-0 Stars have won three straight and four of five while getting solid contribution from both their offense and goaltending. Kari Lehtonen is 10-1-0 with a 2.14 GAA and .936 SV%, while the Stars have scored 15 goals in their last three games. Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn lead the charge with 15 points each.

Eriksson was named the NHL's "Second Star" of the week with six points in two games as he will face the NHL's "Third Star" of the week, Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom had six points in three games.

The Stars are streaking and the Caps will look to put an end to that by starting another winning streak of their own. After a dominant 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Friday, Washington blew a 2-0 lead and lost 5-3 to the New York Islanders Saturday. Last season, the Stars defeated the Caps 2-1 in overtime, which started the latter's eight-game losing streak. The last three meetings between these two teams have gone to overtime.

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Stars Vs. Capitals: Mike Green Participates In Full Practice, Still 'Day-To-Day'

Mike Green fully practiced Monday, but he still considers himself "day-to-day" and his status for Tuesday's game with the Dallas Stars is uncertain.

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