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‘Bad Minute Kind Of Killed Us’: What Capitals Had To Say After Loss To Stars

The Washington Capitals fell 2-1 to the Dallas Stars, but took a lot of positives from the tilt. Here’s what they had to say.



WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals dominated for the majority of Thursday's high-stakes matchup against the Dallas Stars, but a costly 1:19 minutes to open the third led to a disappointing loss.

Washington surrendered two quick goals and couldn't complete the comeback in what turned into a 2-1 loss.

Here's what the Capitals had to say after the defeat.

READ MORE ON WHN: Takeaways & Everything To Know From The Washington Capitals 2-1 Loss To The Dallas Stars

Conor Sheary

On the loss and the five-game winning streak coming to an end: "I think we had a bad minute, and that kind of killed us. I think e wanted to get the kill going out for the third and build off that. Obviously we didn't do that, and they scored right away. I think 59 minutes we played really good hockey and probably, if we scored on some of our chances, we're able to score a few more, would've been able to win that game, but didn't happen. I don't think it was for a lack of effort or anything."

On the Alex Ovechkin focus and hunt for 801 throughout the game: "Yeah, I mean the fans obviously want to see it. So we want to try and help Ovi get that. But we're also trying to win games. So I think that it's good they're behind us on that aspect, too. But obviously, 800 goals and keep climbing, it's fun to see."

T.J. Oshie

On the Capitals still having a good effort: “That’s a good team over there and they’re on a pretty good run. They’re one of the more elite teams we’ve played in the last couple so I thought we responded really, really well off the hop. Obviously a lot of attention with O, he’s done some amazing things but as a team we played pretty good. Like to take back that minute and a half there or so, but I thought we still battled back and after the year we’ve had, it would have been easy to get down a goal there and go away but we kept working and we were right there till the very end. Just ran out of time.”

On if eventually getting Ovechkin 801 is a focus: “No, we’re trying to win games here. Ovi’s gonna do it and we’re all gonna be the first ones that congratulate him and be super, super proud of him but we’re also in a little bit of a hole here. So we’ll take care of his business and as a team we gotta focus on getting more wins here. The little run here was nice but now we got one loss in a row and we got to come back and go to work and focus on winning.”

Charlie Lindgren

On if there are positives that come with stacking up well with the top team in the Central: "Absolutely. Heck yeah. I think we played extremely, extremely well. I think we were making plays, working hard, getting behind their D, putting pucks to the net. I thought we played very well defensively again. There's a lot of good things that came out of the night. So obviously it sucks to lose the game, but you know, there's some positives that came out of it."

On what happened on the second goal and the deflection off Lars Eller: "Yeah, I mean it sucks because you're kind of shifting into the shot and then it goes the other way. So it sucks. It's extremely frustrating. Unfortunately, just got to put it behind us and move on… I just talked to JoJo, he said it went off his stick and then went of Lars' backside and it's just too quick of a play to react to it."

On stepping up and playing well in six straight starts with Darcy Kuemper still hurt: "I mean, I think I played well. I think I've just tried to go in and do my job. That's really it. Haven't tried to fill Darcy's shoes, he's a heck of a goalie. But yeah, I just wanted to go in every night and give the team a chance to win. This team's been extremely hard for me, a lot of credit goes to them. But obviously tonight, not the way you want it to go. We played well, didn't get the win. Got a good Toronto team coming in on Saturday, so reset and get back at it."