"We played as individuals instead of a unit," Boudreau said. "That's what happens. We talked about it between periods. If you're going to play like individuals, you're going to get individual results. Nothin's gonna happen."
Boudreau wasn't done criticizing his team, which came into this affair scoring five goals a game.
"The guys that are making mistakes are not first-year guys," he added. "These guys should know what the hell they're doing."
He pointed to his third and fourth lines, saying, "If you're not going to score, you better not be on for any goals-against."
"Right now we're not playing good enough."
The collapse ruined Nicklas Backstrom's big night. He had two goals, one a gift of a misplay by Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist (25 saves) on a shot from center ice, and a power play marker, set up from nifty passing by Alexander Semin (goal, assist) and Brooks Laich, who drew the defense to the goal line and left the Swede alone in the slot.
Backstrom now has 10 points (2-8-10) in four games and leads the league in scoring, one point ahead of teammates Semin (5-4-9) and Alex Ovechkin, who came in as the league's leading scorer with five goals and four assists, but was kept off the scoresheet despite nine shots on goal.
Ryan Callahan and Ales Kotalik scored for New York in the second period.
Washington (2-1-1) has little time to think about the adjustments they have to make, as they travel to Detroit to face the always tough Red Wings Saturday evening.
Boudreau's comments speak for themselves, but with this offense, one-for-nine on the power play doesn't cut it. Allowing third period goals aren't going to cut it, either. Especially soft wrist shots that go through the five hole. And if you want to have fun on offense, you also better get back on defense.
Because if they don't find the answers, the result, as we've seen three third periods in a row now, is not pretty.
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