Capitals Daily Report: Optional Skate after an Overtime Win

Last night’s game was fun, wasn’t it? Going down 2-0, you could feel the tension and the stress in the building. When Justin Williams scored twice and tied it everyone jumped out of their seats. As overtime approached you could sense the Cardiac Caps were coming. When Tom Wilson unleashed that wicked shot to win it, everyone was both elated and had a collective sigh of relief. Saturday night we get to do it again. Today, the Capitals held an optional skate at Kettler

The optional practice was sparsely attended. Wilson, last night’s hero, was the first man on the ice. The players who were also marked present: Philipp Grubauer, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson, and Paul Carey.

Marcus Johansson also made an appearance testing out new skates while sporting sweats instead of the full pads.

The scratches were doing most of the work on the ice and Barry Trotz would later speak to the media about last night’s game.

“They (the Maple Leafs) are a young team and they proved to themselves that they belong. To me, they belonged all along. To get into the playoffs, you belong and there’s no team who is not a good team that’s in the playoffs,” Trotz explained. On Wilson’s game winner:

“The playoffs are a different animal. You talk about the importance of depth in our lines, getting scoring on all four lines, we were able to get a goal on our fourth line,” Trotz added.



  • Game 1 was the first game the Caps won with more than two days rest in between games this season. During the regular season they were 0-4-3 during that stretch. Washington is 36-5-3 with one day in between. (Mike Vogel)
  • Tom Wilson scored the game-winning goal in overtime during Game 1 last night, marking his first career NHL playoff goal (29 games played).
  • Wilson is the first player in franchise history to score his first postseason goal in overtime.
  • Justin Williams scored two goals in Game 1, marking his fourth career postseason multi-goal game and his first since April 28, 2014 vs. San Jose (2 goals, 1 assist with the Kings).
  • Thursday marked Williams’ 18th career multi-point game.
  • Caps were 2-0 in Game 1’s last year and 1-1 in Game 2’s. (Jon Sorensen)

Wilson Wins it for Washington (Mike Vogel)
The postseason isn’t for the faint of heart, as Capitals and Wizards fans will discover (Thomas Boswell/Washington Post)

Barry Trotz



By Michael Marzzacco

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