WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.
Following a comeback third period and OT loss to the LA Kings, Coach Trotz had these things to say:
I didn’t like our first 30 minutes of the game.
Needed to fix our battles: battles on the puck, the one-on-one areas, our management of it.
We were a little loose with the puck
We left them some prime chances.
This groups is resilient. They were down three pucks and they looked it this as a challenge…and they came back.
Our group will take second half of the game and say that’s what we need to do and the way we need to play.
First Period Problems
As a coach there is nothing more than I can say. It’s gotta start with the core–They’ve got to be ready. Everybody is trying to jump on us in the first and we are letting them. That’s something we’ve got to correct.
You give up an early goal, you got to kill a couple of penalties, they’ve got another one, now you are in a big hole.
We’ve got to get a better start. be more ready. Be more committed to getting off to a good start.
The LA Kings are not going to let you come into this building and have an easy game.
Maybe down the road when we run into each other again, it will be a good reminder for us
If we play the right way, I think with our depth ,we have lots of ability. We can set the tone a lot of times and force teams to react off of us rather than the other way around.