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Washington Capitals Postgame Notes & Quotes

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
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Team Notes:

  • Washington has scored a power-play goal in each of its first two games this season.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 154th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Player Notes:

  • Mike Green played in his 400th career NHL game (all with Washington).
  • Nicklas Backstrom tallied two assists for his 64th multi-assist game of his career.
  • Troy Brouwer scored his first goal of the season, a power-play goal.
  • Matt Hendricks scored his first goal of the season, his second career goal against Winnipeg, and recorded two fighting majors (Slater and Thorburn).
  • Alex Ovechkin tallied his first point (assist) of the season.
  • Joey Crabb made his Capitals’ debut.
  • Mike Ribeiro collected an assist, his third assist in his first two games as a Capital.
  • Mike Green led the Capitals in ice time (27:35).
  • Wojtek Wolski led the team in shots (5).
  • Alex Ovechkin, Matt Hendricks and Mike Green led Washington with four hits each.
  • Four Capitals blocked two shots each to pace the team (Tom Poti, Joey Crabb, Tomas Kundratek and Mike Green).

Post-Game Quotes:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on learning the new system…
“It is a good system. It’s going to be hard and we have to fight through that. I thought we could have had better execution. We didn’t give ourselves the opportunity to play the team game. We turned it over on the blue line too many times, little subtle things that could have gone better to help ourselves.”

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the energy level of the team…
“The guys didn’t look like they had much in the tank. I’m sure that’s a product of this season and what happened and our conditioning levels which we talk about every day.”

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks on the energy on the ice …
“I didn’t think we had the energy we needed tonight. One of our keys to success was to put them on their heels, put pucks in their end, get them to turn, get them to work. They played last night and we didn’t make it look like that.”

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks on the level of play tonight…
“It was a little surprising. We have been talking since we got back in town about how much we missed Verizon Center and our fans, playing in front of them and the support they give us. I thought guys worked hard, but we need a little bit more energy.”

Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward on the urgency to catch up…
“It’s two games out of 48. It’s a long way to go. Anything can happen, obviously. We are just focused on the next day and the next game.”

Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward on the energy from Matt Hendricks…
“Hendy [Matt Hendricks] brings it every night. He is a solid player obviously and he brings a lot of energy. He was just trying to do his best to get the team going a little bit and we just had a few lapses and they just capitalized.”

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel on getting three out of a possible four points on the road …
“Three out of four points on the road is real good for us, I thought we played well, I thought [goaltender Ondrej Pavelec] was outstanding. He was in a real good groove and our power play [was good as well], and I thought we played a good team game again so you’ve got to like what you see from our group, especially after the first game.”

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel on his team’s power play tonight…
“We were a little bit fortunate, I thought [forward Evander Kane’s] goal was a little bit lucky but that’s what happens when you put pucks to the net. The other [power play] goal, the Antropov [pass] to Ladd, I thought was a really good play. It’s a matter of time, they usually go in waves, but we’ll take them when we can.”

Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd on how the team was successful tonight…
“I thought it was a really solid effort from start to finish. We had four lines going and we were smart with the pucks, and that lead to a lot of good things…I think winning in general, that’s the way we want to play. Our defense played great, they blocked a lot of shots, we were strong defensively and when we had the puck offensively, we did good things with it and put it in good spots.”

Winnipeg Jets Andrew Ladd on winning the special teams battle…
“It’s always good, special teams are such a key [part of the game] especially against a team like this, [the Capitals] power play is one of the best in the league. You have to be able to counteract that with a good one yourself. It’s always good to get one [a power play goal] early and it’s going to be big for us going forward.”

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom on his team carrying some momentum over from the Boston game yesterday …
“Every point is important and it feels like the Boston game, we were moving in the right direction, and coming out with two points on this game makes me happy.”

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom on getting the two points in a tough building…
“We have to keep building from last year and keep learning [and] it feels like we’re doing that. Two points here in Washington is not an easy road game so that’s good.”

Team Schedule:

  • The Capitals will practice tomorrow at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 11 a.m.

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