Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Supremely talented, offensively overwhelming team enters the postseason and starts making ill-advised plays, can’t hit the high notes of the regular season and can’t convert on their machine-like power play, because their chances were limited.
“I was disappointed in a lot of guys, personally. We just need everyone to step up. We’re going to need to respond,” said the coach.
The Islanders scored on a soft goal past Braden Holtby by Brock Nelson at 6:06 of the first period, and then broke a 1-1 tie in the second with a Ryan Strome shot off a faceoff and then a Josh Bailey goal just under seven minutes later, leading to a 4-1 win.
“We looked like a slow team. We’ve got to get better,” said forward Brooks Laich.
The Capitals generated 55 shot attempts against the Islanders, with 25 finding their way to Jaroslav Halak. “I think it was on us. We need to think quicker, and move the puck quicker,” said Laich.
The Caps had 11 giveaways in the game, as Trotz felt they were making passes that were too high risk, with no reward.
“We were trying to make the long passes, and we didn’t get to enough pucks,” he said. “Sometimes the best option is to play small ball. Chip away, instead of swinging for the fences all the time.”
For Trotz, it’s not about how the Capitals played in Game 1; it’s how they learn from it for Game 2.
“It’s how you respond after a disappointment.”
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