Capitals Focusing on Power Play

Stephen Whyno at the Washington Times says the main focus of the Washington Capitals yesterday was improving on their dreadful power play which is 1-for-10 in this series and 4-for-29 in the playoffs, the second-worst among teams still playing…

Brooks Laich…

“I think we want to bring the tempo up, make the passes a little quicker, a little crispier. Our power play, when it seems to score, it seems like we watch the video and it goes bang, bang, boom around, shot, attack, and it looks very sharp and crisp.”

Troy Brouwer…

“We’ve got to make sure that our puck recoveries are better, too. Whenever we take a shot, it seems like we’re skating all the way down the ice to break out again. We’ve got to make sure that after a shot is taken, guys are converging on the net and making sure that we’re jumping on loose pucks in the corner or in front of the net and trying to make it so that we don’t have to break out again.”

Dale Hunter…

“You always want to score. We had some good chances on it. Get more pucks, more traffic to the net. The penalty-killers are working hard so you gotta match their work ethic. We got to outwork them on the power plays to get scoring chances.”

…what I found interesting looking at the playoff statistics, is that for all the complaining Rangers fans are doing about the refs, the Blueshirts have had the second most power play opportunities (42) in the playoffs. To put that in perspective, as noted above the Capitals have had just 29 opportunities in the same amount of playoff games (10) as the Rangers.

…having said that, forgive me if I’m not shedding a tear for another team’s power play struggling. We’ve got our own problems over here.

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