Immediately after the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win against the Lightning Monday night, Coach Bruce Boudreau said he wanted to make sure his team would guard against an emotional let down the likes of which have occurred multiple times this season. After high-pressure games against rivals, for example: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Washington has, at times, lacked focus in the next contest.
Facing an unfamiliar opponent in Edmonton, Wednesday night may serve as a good test of the Capitals’ ability to show a commitment to their style and game plan regardless of the foe.
”Obviously, I don’t have the perfect formula,” Matt Bradley said. “Bruce talked about it. After having an intense game like that against Tampa, coming back here against a team you don’t see too often in Edmonton we can’t have a let down. We have to be ready to play because any team in this league can make you look pretty stupid.”
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