BOSTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Capitals skated onto the ice at TD Garden less than 24 hours after their game one playoff loss to the Boston Bruins.
Despite a heartbreaking result, the Caps players were happy with how they played.
“I thought we played a very good game,” Brooks Laich said. “We looked at some video today. There’s some things we’d like to clean up. We want to stay out of the penalty box a little bit more, but I think we only gave up four or five scoring chances 5-on-5. I still think we can play better, but we’ll look to do that tomorrow night.”
Goalie Michal Neuvirth took a few shots near the end of practice, but is still a little way off from returning.
“He practiced a little bit. He’s getting better,” Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter said on Neuvirth. “It’s getting better, it’s gradually, basically it’s day-to-day and see how he feels the next day all the time.”
Rookie Braden Holtby, who had 29 saves last night in his NHL playoff debut, will is expected to start in net once again on Saturday.
With an abundance of players at the position, the Caps went with five forward lines at Friday’s practice. The fifth line is not expected to play in game two.
The lines looked like: Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Backstrom-Semin, Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson, Aucoin-Perreault-Ward, Knuble-Halpern-Sjogren-Eakin.
All eight Caps defenseman practiced today.
The Capitals will look to get back on track tomorrow with a 3 p.m. puck drop for Game 2 in Boston.
Listen here to what Dale Hunter, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner & Braden Holtby had to say following practice today.
Dale Hunter Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
John Carlson Practice Audio
Brooks Laich Practice Audio
Karl Alzner Practice Audio
Braden Holtby Practice Audio