WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Connor Carrick #58 of the Washington Capitals batles for the puck against Matt Ellis #37 of the Buffalo Sabres in the first period during an NHL game at Verizon Center on January 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders