Capitals Practice Report: Caps Return from Philly, Turn Focus towards Bolts

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The Capitals returned home from Philadelphia following a tough shootout loss to the Flyers last night and held a practice this afternoon at Kettler. Practices are usually in the morning around 10:30 or so but this one started at 12:30, perhaps because of the late 8:00 puck drop last night. 

What happened last night?
The Capitals fell to the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout. Despite the loss, Washington earned a point and both Caps goals came from players who were in a slump. Andre Burakovksy returned to the lineup after being benched for three games. He scored in the first period to end a 26-game drought. Lars Eller scored in the second, ending an 18-game drought.

“Last night we had an opportunity (in the shootout). (We) scored the first one, got the save. If we could score another one or get that extra save… we lost the point we could’ve had”, said head coach Barry Trotz.

What’s next?
The Capitals will hold a morning skate at Kettler tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. before hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center at 7 p.m.

There was a slight change in the fourth line today. Brett Connolly was in the left wing spot in place on Daniel Winnik. One interesting thing was that the defensemen weren’t in their original blue practice threads.

“We’re trying to develop that Eller line, trying to find the right pieces there and we’ve had a couple of organizational things that we want to see some kids in those positions… so I’ve been taking guys in and out a little bit. Connolly, when I took him out last game, was pretty good on that line with Eller and Vrana so I want to get him back in,” Trotz explained.



Karl Alzner spoke with John Walton for today’s Rinkside Update:


  • Braden Holtby stopped 36 of 38 shots last night against the Flyers, marking the 16th time in 24 games he has allowed two or fewer goals

Barry Trotz Press Conference (Monumental Network)
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Flyers 3, Caps 2 (SO) (Mike Vogel)


Alex Ovechkin held a skate with the kids of Fort Dupont. Here are some pictures and a video from the event:

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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