On Sunday, Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana spoke to the media following today’s 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. He discussed the team’s fourth straight regulation loss and being on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list for a few days.
The Capitals are riding a fourth straight regulation loss after today’s game, which Vrana called “really frustrating”. “We can’t let these games slip away here,” he said. Vrana is glad the team has practice on Monday to “work on some things and clear out some things” to be better prepared for Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh.
The loss was not what the team hoped for after having a week off due to COVID-19 protocol with the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. “It wasn’t there,” Vrana said, adding, “I think maybe we could be a little hungrier in front of their net…trying to be hungrier to score goals.”
He reiterated the recent practices have been “sharp”, but they were not able to carry that spark over in today’s game. “It feels like there’s something in those sixty minutes…where we kind of stop playing.”
On February 6, Vrana was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and missed the 7-4 loss to the Flyers on February 7. He explained he “just didn’t feel right” at the time. He voiced his concerns and symptoms to the team after deciding it was the “right thing” to do and “not risk” any possible positive exposure to his teammates.
“I’m back on track and I’m ready to play,” Vrana said. Additionally, Vrana took questions with an ice pack on his arm but reassured it was only a bruise and he is fine.
In his first game back since being removed from the list on February 9, Vrana scored his fourth goal of the season that tied the Capitals at 2-2 at the 3:26 mark in the second period during the Valentine’s Day clash.
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 14, 2021
Vrana has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his last three games, and his nine points this season ranks fifth on the Capitals.
By Della Young