I was on the road with the Caps during that 2009 second-round series with the Penguins. Late in the series, Bruce Boudreau called off a practice, and the team instead did an off-day media availability in a downtown hotel. The interview clips therefore looked a bit different than your typical ice-rink shots, but it was still in the same spirit: hockey players standing inside buildings.

Tuesday in New York, though, the Caps had an off-day, and they mixed things up with the rare outdoor availability. Personally, I can’t remember ever interviewing a hockey player outside during a playoff series. But the fresh and flourishing verdure really imparted a pleasing note of springtime and growth and life into Tuesday’s shots, I thought.