The Capitals woke up this morning leading the New York Rangers 3-1 in the series in one of the greatest comebacks in Capitals history after the Capitals rallied from a third period 3-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers 4-3 in double overtime. With playing over 30 minutes of extra hockey last night, the Caps held an optional practice today and none of the players who played in yesterday’s double overtime thriller participated, but the hero of game four, Jason Chimera, did speak to the media. The guys who were on the ice today were Semyon Varlamov, Tom Poti, DJ King, Sean Collins, Jay Beagle and Tyler Sloan.
Mike Knuble, who wasn’t on the road trip to New York for game four, skated before practice in full pads. He is day to day with what is believed to be a right hand injury. Knuble said that he will play again in the playoffs and they will see how the injury feels tomorrow and Saturday before the game before making a decision on if he will play. Dennis Wideman skated once again today in only warmups. He spoke for the first time since his hematoma and said hopefully he will practice with his teammates before the end of next week. Wideman said he was confident he would return this season and said everyday his leg is getting better. He also said he has no pain when he skates and the only time he has pain is when he is in the trainers room.
The Capitals will have a full practice tomorrow at 10:30 am from Kettler Capitals Iceplex in their final tune up before game five on Saturday from Verizon Center at 3pm. Last year the Capitals were in a similar position and lost game five and then the following two games to the Montreal Canadiens which eliminated the Caps from the playoffs. Saturday will be a big test for the Capitals and if they are a different team from years past. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Mike Knuble, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr had to say today.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Dennis Wideman Practice Audio
Mike Knuble Practice Audio
Jason Chimera Practice Audio
Eric Fehr Practice Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and co-host of “Morning Skate” every Sunday from 9am-10am on 106.7 The FAN. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.