After giving up three goals in the first period of last nights game against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals erupted for five-unanswered goals in the second period to take a 5-3 lead into the second intermission.
The Capitals fifth goal of the middle frame came off the stick of Zdeno Chara at 18:30 of the second period, causing a frenzy on the Capitals bench.
In his postgame presser, Capitals’ head coach Peter Laviolette was asked about the raucous celebration that followed Chara’s goal.
“It was awesome. There was a lot of emotion on the bench at that point. We had fought hard to get back into game, so there was a lot of emotion just with the climbing back into the game,” said Laviolette. “Those things I think are really good for a team, I think they can help galvanize a team.”
Laviolette added “Not everybody is new, but there are a lot of new pieces. So our team is new. Comebacks and adversity, and a moment like that, and everybody is pulling for Zee to be the great player he is, and tonight I thought he had a awesome game, both defensively and offensively. So when that moment aroused his teammates, they let him know, it was pretty awesome. I said after the game, it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time with regard to a teammate.”
After his goal, Chara said he immediately turned to the Capitals bench because he wanted to share in the celebration with his new teammates.
”I turned to the bench, to the guys right away because I wanted to share that joy and excitement with them. Since day one, they really did an amazing job welcoming me, making that transition as easy and simple as possible for me, so I owe it to them,” said Chara.
Chara added “I can’t thank them enough to accept me in the group and welcome me like they did. It’s a great group of guys, we are having fun, and working hard to push each other to be better”
The Capitals will a practice at noon on Friday to begin preparations for the Boston Bruins. The Capitals and Bruins open their two-game set on Saturday at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m.
By Jon Sorensen