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Washington Capitals Postgame Notes & Quotes

Verizon Center, February 21, 2013

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:15 PM / Washington Capitals
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Team Notes:
- Washington went 2-4 on the power play and is now 10-23 (43.5%) in its last eight games.
- The Capitals outhit New Jersey 30-9 and blocked 18 shots compared to New Jersey’s 11.
- Washington won 58% of the face-offs.
- Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 161st consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Player Notes:
- Braden Holtby started his fifth consecutive game for the first time in his career. He stopped 34 of the 37 shots he faced.
- Troy Brouwer tallied his second multi-point game of the season (2a), the 23rd of his career. He has tallied 4g-1a in his last five contests
- Mathieu Perreault scored his second goal of the season and now has recorded 1g-3a in his last three games.
- Mike Ribeiro scored his sixth goal of the season.
- Nicklas Backstrom tallied his 11th assist of the season and won a team-high 11 face-offs.
- John Carlson skated a team-high 30:34 and led the team with five blocked shots.
- Alex Ovechkin paced Washington with four shots and tied for the team lead with four hits.
- John Erskine, Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Troy Brouwer and Carlson tied for the team lead with four shots.

Postgame Quotes:
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on what to expect from the same team on Saturday…
“The atmosphere tonight was pretty intense. I think the guys will expect the same thing when it comes to Saturday. In terms of mistakes, we try to address the mistakes every night. You don’t want mistakes.”

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the amount of penalties…
“In the start of the third period you have a lead, and then you give them two 5-on-3’s in one period. Obviously that’s too much.”

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the penalties…
“It’s frustrating and we talked about it. We have to be more disciplined. It’s not good enough. The first 5-on-3 we did a good job, but we got another one right after.”

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle on the third period…
”It’s not deflating. You look at what we had to do. Nicky [Nicklas Backstrom] is blocking shots on a 5-on-3. It’s not deflating at all. We played a good game. It was a tough third.”

Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle on the constant penalty kills…
“That’s my job. I obviously don’t want to kill and I don’t want to be in that situation, but that’s what I get paid to do. For me that’s my role, that’s my job.”

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on the play of Alex Ovechkin…
“It was nice. We need him coming down the wall with speed, shooting the puck from the side…whenever he is doing that, it’s great for him. It gets him in the game that much more and it gets us fired up to see that.”

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer on not scoring on the first five-on-three and squandering some power plays…
“I thought our bench was good. They were composed. We kept our composure. There was a little bit of frustration but we stuck with it and found a way. This group has been pretty good at that.”

New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer on being down after two periods…

“[There] was a little disappointment because we were so good in the first [period]. A little credit to [the Capitals] for responding – we knew they would and obviously we took too many penalties. I thought we got our game back in the third [period] and drew some penalties which led to the win.”

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias on the game tonight and how the Devils stuck with it…

“We had a good a start to the game. We had three great opportunities right from the get-go in the first ten minutes. [The puck hit] the post or trickled through the crease. It was one of those nights, we had to stay with it and obviously, in the third [period], we got the opportunities on the power play.”

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias on the mini-slide the Devils have been going through…
“It’s going to happen, you’re not going to play perfect. You’re going to go through times when the team game is not there, but you’ve just got to find a way. By no means was it a perfect game by us today. We did some good things but we did some bad things too, so we’re really happy with the two points.”

New Jersey Devils forward IIya Kovalchuk on the Devils five-on-threes tonight…
“[The Capitals] did well on the first one. They blocked a lot of shots, but our power coach wants us to be a ‘shooting’ power play, so they kept blocking the shots, and the last one went through [for the game-winning goal], so we’ll take the two points.”

New Jersey Devils forward IIya Kovalchuk on how the team responded after a couple off games…
“We didn’t play well the last couple of games and it wasn’t our best game tonight but in the third period, I think we found our legs and [goaltender Martin Brodeur] made some big saves in the second [period] to give us a lot of energy. I think in the third period we dominated, and that’s why [the Capitals] took a couple penalties and we scored.”

Team Schedule:
- The Capitals are scheduled to practice tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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