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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Jay Beagle’s playoff diary: Can’t dwell on Game 5


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Capitals forward Jay Beagle is keeping a diary as Washington makes its way through the postseason. Here are his heading into Wednesday’s Game 6, as told by phone to The Post’s Greg Schimmel:

It still burns a little bit even the next day. I wanted to get this post done early so I didn’t have to talk about it anymore. You want to put it behind you as fast as you can because you don’t want to dwell on it. Even with my wife, I talked to her this morning and then I’m like, ‘I want to be done with it.’

That was the first game that I’ve had like that. Obviously, you don’t stop playing until the buzzer goes. Not for a second did I think we had it won. As soon as you start thinking about that you get casual and that’s when mistakes happen. I felt like we battled at the end, it just didn’t go our way.

You don’t really have to say anything to Joel Ward. Dale said it today that it was a hockey play and it could have happened to any one of us. It’s not like he went out there and tried to get his stick up. And he knows, too, that that stuff happens. Everybody knew it. We just give each other pats on the back and try to keep our spirits up.

We played a good game, had a lot of opportunities, and it could have been 3-1 or 4-1 before the last six seconds. The game isn’t lost right at the dying seconds like you’d think it is. There’s a lot that happens throughout the game. It’s no one’s fault. It just felt like nothing was going right for us.

You try to put it behind you as fast as you can. We went in to watch film and everyone was up today. Obviously it stings but today everyone’s smiling. We’re not dead. Everyone’s alive and it’s another game tomorrow night.

Everybody thinks of us as an underdog but we’re not. We’re a great team and everybody in the locker room believes in ourselves and our team. We just have to come out and play our best game as a team and do whatever it takes to win.

Today will be a whole day or relaxing and eating and just trying to recover as much as you can. There will be nothing exciting going on before tomorrow night.

We can draw from the experience of Game 7 against Boston and what it took to get that win. We’re at home and we just gotta win and focus on tomorrow’s game, and then on getting back to New York and getting the job done there.

More on Game 5:
Ovechkin held without a shot in Game 5
Game 5 was bad, but was it the worst?
— Steinberg: Worst loss ever?
— Greenberg: Caps are down, but not out.
Wise: Caps don’t know how to seize success
Graphic: Capitals 2012 playoffs, shot by shot

By Jay Beagle  |  05:10 PM ET, 05/08/2012

 
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