All 22 Capitals on the active roster were on the ice early to kick off their Wednesday practice with a seven-minute bag skate. After that round of suicides wrapped up, the skaters engaged in 10 individual one-on-one battles along the boards of the rink at KCI.
Another round of drills followed by more suicides before the Capitals were on the ice for more than a half hour left multiple players looking gassed. Many were hunched over, gasping for breath, and Alex Ovechkin was on all fours in front of the goal waiting for his next turn in the gauntlet.
Coach Bruce Boudreau was asked after Washington’s 5-2 loss to Dallas if his team’s lack of a complete effort was the result of being too comfortable. He responded: “If it’s a comfort thing, the comfort will change [Wednesday].” Not that there was much doubt, but it’s rather clear now what the coach meant by that statement.
— Jay Beagle (concussion) is the only player not taking part in this grueling practice.