Reirden: “It’s Going To Be Our Best Effort Of The Year Tomorrow … I Believe In Them”

The Washington Capitals held a partial practice on Monday following their 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon. Head coach Todd Reirden met with the media early Monday afternoon following the practice.

Reirden said he felt he was going to get the best out of the team on Tuesday night.

Reirden said he saw a little bit more of the Capitals style of play (in Game 3), and said that means putting together the best lineup for a win.

He also voiced his satisfaction and confidence in Braden Holtby.

As noted, the Capitals did not have a full practice today, but Nicklas Backstrom did skate today with the extras.

Reirden added that he needs to see how Backstrom, who is in the concussion protocol, fared today and proceed from there. It’s possible Reirden will have another update tomorrow morning. The Capitals will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning before Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Lars Eller also met with the media this afternoon. Eller said a challenge presents itself in not thinking ahead, but it’s an important mentality for the team.

“It only comes down to what’s right in front of you… win your next battle. It’s a steep mountain to climb if you look at it as anything other than that.”

Eller also said he was suffering from cramps in Game 3.

Eller said the Capitals spent time together last night and shared some laughs and good times and they are ready to bounce back.”

“After game everhbody’s down. [Game 3] is a tough loss to swallow… I think we have the ability to overcome it quickly.”

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is set for Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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