Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin called head coach Peter Laviolette “an honest coach” after practice on Wednesday as the team prepares for their game at the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally, NHL Network nationally). He said that Laviolette will tell the team who is playing good and bad and will refer to videotape to back it up. “It’s important that we play well in all three zones,” Hagelin added.
The 31-year-old said that his line with forwards Garnet Hathaway and Nic Dowd have “been taking our role seriously. We’ve been playing responsibly. … We’re having fun, we’re playing pretty simple hockey.” The three have seen their ice-time go up and Hagelin feels like they spend most of their ice time in the offensive end.
When asked why he wears 62, Hagelin told the media that he wore 26 in junior hockey but was given 12 because 26 was taken when he played at the University of Michigan. He wore 26 with the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack but the Rangers gave him 62 since Ruslan Fedotenko had 26 at the time. “I got off to a good start in the NHL so I decided to keep [No. 62],” he added.
After the Capitals’ 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday despite leading 3-0 through two periods, Hagelin said “I certainly hope we’re close,” to playing a full 60-minute game. He thought that the Capitals played two good periods on Monday. “I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it,” he added.
By Harrison Brown