LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After an impressive 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz says the team is buying into how they have to play.
“I like our depth,” Trotz tells 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny. “Our depth is showing up big time right now.”
Goalie Braden Holtby shined in the contest, stopping 31 shots and earning his 21st victory. Trotz says he’s a blue-collar battler and likes to be in the net.
“I don’t have any concerns about wearing him out,” Trotz says. “I think we’ve managed the rest and playing ratio pretty well.”
With back-to-back games this upcoming weekend, fans won’t see Holtby in between the pipes for their second game against the Dallas Stars — who the Caps have yet to face this season.
Holtby is becoming one of the best goaltenders in the league, currently standing at second in the league for games played and third in shots faced and saves made.
Captain Alex Ovechkin had the tiebreaking goal for the Caps Monday night, marking his 74th game-winning goal. Ovechkin has played tremendously well under Trotz, who was hired as the new head coach this season.
“He’s bought in from day one,” Trotz says. “He’s a guy that cares and all he wants to do is win. He gets a lot of criticism for stuff that’s not even in his area sometimes and he gets criticized for it. He’s been a real pleasure to work with and if we’re gonna win, we’re gonna need an Alex Ovechkin, we’re gonna need a team concept and we’re gonna need everybody pulling on the ropes the same way and Alex is right in there doing that.”
As for his leadership skills, Trotz says he thinks Ovechkin, 29, has been learning leadership as he’s getting older in his career.
“I think he realizes he’s mortal and he wants to do something greater with the team,” Trotz says. “He’s got all the individual awards that you can win in this league, he just wants to win the big one and that’s a team award.”
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