Sports Junkies: Alzner Doesn’t Blame Ward, High-Stick for Game 5 Loss

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Defenseman Karl Alzner joined “The Sports Junkies” Wednesday to preview the crucial Game 6 match-up with the Caps and Rangers and also reflect to the demoralizing overtime loss in Madison Square Garden where Washington squandered a one goal lead with only 6.6 seconds remaining in the third period.

Lots of scrutiny came as Joel Ward was issued a double minor for high-sticking during the final face-off, giving the Rangers and extra man advantage and making the tying goal much easier.

Alzer said it was just one of those unlucky breaks that went against the Caps.

“It’s something that you’re not eve you normally are aware of.  You’re just going in there, in his case, to lift a stick to get the puck and win a draw.  And it just happens from momentum.  The other guy is lifting his stick at the same time and it’s just unfortunate the way it goes sometimes,” Alzner said.

Looking forward to tonight’s game, Alzner said the key to winning is to score first.  During the Caps playoff run, the team who scores first in the game is 11-1.

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