“It’s happened a couple times,” defenseman Steve Oleksy said. “We have to find a way to stay on the gas pedal.”
It happened four times during the Capitals’ recent four-game trip through Western Canada. In their most recent loss, a 3-2 setback against the Canucks on Monday, their 2-1 third-period lead turned into a one-goal deficit in just 3:09.
“I think we know how good we can be, and sometimes we relax a little bit,” Oleksy said. “In this league, every team is so good, you can’t take a second off.”
The Capitals are cognizant of those quick-response goals and how they can instantly swing momentum in the other direction.
“Maybe we get a little too complacent,” defenseman Mike Green said. “We’ll have to address this, but it’s not a big concern; it just kind of takes the wind out of our sail. Momentum is everything in this game.”
Alex Ovechkin will miss Friday’s game against the Flyers with an upper-body injury suffered during the first period of Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Canucks. The 28-year-old hasn’t missed any action since Feb. 22, 2012. In 21 games without Ovechkin throughout his career, Washington is 11-8-2. Coach Adam Oates did not rule out Ovechkin for Saturday’s game against the Panthers.