Coach Dale Hunter told the Capitals to rest and relax the day after their triple-overtime Game 3, and for most players that included getting away from the rink and taking care of some non-hockey related chores.
Matt Hendricks did yard work and spent time with his wife and twins, who are now almost six months old. Joel Ward took the always-pleasant trip to the department of motor vehicles. Karl Alzner played tennis.
Brooks Laich also enjoyed the day off after such a deep sleep that he thought Washington’s season had ended when he got up on Thursday morning.
“I woke up and for some reason I thought the season was over. I had a deep sleep, a long, deep sleep,” Laich said. “I woke up and thought the season was over. And it refreshed in my mind: we only lost one hockey game and it’s two to one [in the series]. We’re still in a good position.”
Laich elaborated on his belief that although they lost that grueling contest, the Capitals aren’t in a bad spot – in fact, they trailed Boston two games to one in the first round.
“We’re in the same position we were in, in round one,” Laich said. “Somebody’s going to win that hockey game and somebody’s going to lose. Unfortunately we didn’t win it all it’s going to do is motivate us more to win Game 4.”
Washington’s practice Friday was a rather intense 45 minutes. Among the drills they did, one required the Capitals to skate the length of the ice, while one line would work on creating offensive chances off the rush, while a forward from another unit backchecked. Overall the team seemed fresh less than 48 hours after playing essentially two games back-to-back on Wednesday night.
“I think they’re upbeat,” Hunter said. “And they’re ready to go again.”
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