Jakub Vrana on Capitals’ Fourth Consecutive Loss: “It Feels Like There’s Something In Those Sixty Minutes…Where We Kind Of Stop Playing”

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.

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

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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