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Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Jay Beagle’s playoff diary: Losing in overtime, and then getting over it

Capitals center Jay Beagle is keeping a playoff diary as Washington makes its way through the postseason. Here are his thoughts the day after Game 1, as told by phone to The Post’s Greg Schimmel:


(Elise Amendola - AP)
Boston, 4:15 p.m. Friday

It’s hard to describe what goes through your head when a team scores on you in overtime. You think about what you could have done to prevent it, but once you watch the video you realize it was really nobody’s fault. Goals happen in the game of hockey. We just had to come back to the rink this morning ready to work.

The first game went exactly how I pictured it would go — except, obviously, for the loss. It was a tough, physical game. We know Boston is a good, physical team and we were ready to match their intensity and physical play.

We didn’t win, but there’s no intimidation there. We know we can play with them.

Going forward, we just have to go out and play the same way that we played in Game 1. We played a good, solid road game. We just have to focus on getting the puck to the net a little more and on creating more traffic in front of the net. My line, in particular, has to focus on maintaining puck possession for longer.

Holtby stood on his head for us and gave us a chance to win in overtime. He’s a great goaltender. I’ve seen him in our system for a while now, and right away you know he’s a competitor. He made some huge saves, and a lot of the penalties we killed were because of him.

I missed the morning skate before Game 1 because I wasn’t feeling well — just a little sick. I was feeling good but they decided to hold me back because there was no point to make myself worse. I just did what I had to do to get ready for the game.

It was really weird when the guys were going out in the morning and I was just sitting there. I didn’t know what to do with myself, honestly, because I always participate in the optional skates. But it was for the best and I felt better during the game because of it.

Everybody was really upbeat today. We had a good practice and just a lot of fun at the rink. We only practiced for about 30 minutes. Nothing too long. We just got out there long enough to get the legs going and get a little flush.

Other than that the day was as usual. I just went to lunch with Holts but it was basically a relax day. Everybody puts the loss behind them and we move forward and worry about the next game.

We’ll be ready to go for Game 2.

— April 11: Dinner in Boston and an early night ahead

More on the Capitals:
Shot-blocking efforts frustrate Bruins
Caps’ lines the same from Game 1
Boston searches for more offense
Krejci says he’s fine for Game 2
The hit heard’round the NHL
Game 1: Capitals fall to Bruins in OT
Ovechkin needs to focus on offense
Nothing but praise for Braden Holtby
Photos: Scenes from Game 1 at TD Garden
First-round NHL playoff schedule
Interactive: Capitals vs. Bruins shot tracker

By Jay Beagle  |  05:36 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Tags:  Playoff diary

 
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