Despite what Brooks Laich
thought when he woke up Thursday morning, the Capitals are still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"I woke up and for some reason I thought the season was over. I had a deep sleep, a long, deep sleep," Laich told reporters after practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. "I woke up and thought the season was over. And it refreshed in my mind: we only lost one hockey game and it's two to one [in the series]. We're still in a good position."
The Capitals returned for a full practice Friday, two days after losing 2-1 in triple overtime to the Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Despite losing a marathon game on home ice, the wind isn't out of the players' sails. They know they were in this position in the first round against the Boston Bruins
and rallied to win the series in seven games.
"We're in the same position we were in, in round one," Laich told reporters. "Somebody's going to win that hockey game and somebody's going to lose. Unfortunately we didn't win it; all it's going to do is motivate us more to win Game 4."
Coach Dale Hunter
didn't have any changes in his lineup at practice from what he used in Game 3. Here's what the lines looked like Friday:
- Nicklas Backstrom
- Marcus Johansson
- Brooks Laich
- Alexander Semin
- Jay Beagle
- Troy Brouwer
- Keith Aucoin
- Joel Ward
- John Carlson
- Mike Green
- Dennis Wideman
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