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Capitals Locker Room: Van Riemsdyk Takes Blame In ‘Brutal’ Late Loss
Here’s what Trevor van Riemsdyk, Charlie Lindgren and more had to say after the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.
WASHINGTON — Friday's tilt with the Washington Capitals resembled something of a chess match, as they faced the Nashville Predators in a tight, gritty showdown featuring two teams playing in the second game of a back-to-back. Ultimately, though, a late goal against would sink the Capitals and end a nine-game point streak.
Here's what Trevor van Riemsdyk and more had to say about the loss in D.C.:
Trevor van Riemsdyk
On surrendering the game-winner to Nashville: “They made a nice play. I think I could have done a little bit of a better job recognizing that they had numbers and kind of just backing off. They made a nice play, made a nice finish but we can’t, I can’t put us in a spot like that.”
On the tight game: “Both teams were competing hard and there wasn’t a lot of room out there to make plays and you just have to accept that and get pucks in deep. I thought we played pretty good, just didn’t find a way to see it through.”
On the team's starts of late: “Yeah, definitely the last 2-3 games here for sure we haven’t started quite the way we wanted to. But I think we found our game and then by the end of the night, I think we felt like we played pretty good, but we can’t keep starting a little bit slow.”
On Charlie Lindgren's performance: “He played great. He played really good and gave us a chance to be right in there at the end, and we got to do a better job in front of him there especially late with that much time left in a game like that to make sure at least you get one point.”
On the game-winner from his perspective: "It was a floating pass that — I think it was McDonagh that got it — I didn't think he had much room. Then he got around me and tried to watch back but couldn't come up with it. Sucks losing like that. It's brutal. Brutal loss."
On the unfortunate bounces against: "… Obviously that's hockey. It's a game of bounces and I definitely thought we played well enough to win tonight. But they got the bounces."
On the different feel of the game: "We knew it was going to be a heavy game. They're one of the top-hitting teams in the league. They were fighting for every inch, that's what it felt like. Felt like a war out there. It's obviously a really good hockey team, they've got some really good players. But again, I thought we did our job tonight, too, and we definitely played well enough to win. Give them credit because they came out and they played hard."
On playing with Lars Eller and Marcus Johansson: “Yeah it’s good to be on the line with them. Good to be on the scoreboard, too. But as you said, we need to win game to be happy.”
On his impressive game-tying goal in the second: “Yeah, maybe because it was a forward playing there in the middle, so by faking the shot maybe he didn’t see it coming. Took advantage of it, I guess.”
On his style of play and benefitting from the Capitals systems: “Yeah, I feel like I’m a player that creates more off forechecks and off in-zone possession, as you said, but I feel like with those two good high-skilled player, getting chance off the rush is always something that i have to be ready for and hopefully we can get more chance that way.”