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Capitals Locker Room: Players Analyze Line Changes, What Went Wrong vs. Flyers

T.J. Oshie and Garnet Hathaway discuss the line changes and finding a spark on offense and what went wrong in the Washington Capitals’ 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.



The Washington Capitals had a night to forget in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday, as a lack of discipline and a lackluster effort through the first two periods resulted in a 5-3 loss to Travis Konecny and the Philadelphia Flyers where a late rally for D.C. wasn't enough.

It was a rough result for the Capitals, who weren't thrilled with the effort but did like grit and fight they showed as they worked to come back.

Here's what T.J. Oshie and more had to say about the defeat.

RELATED: Takeaways From Washington Capitals' 5-3 Loss To Philadelphia Flyers

T.J. Oshie

On what wasn't working on offense: "They were doing a pretty good job trying to keep us to the exterior in the o-zone We struggled a little bit breaking the puck out and moving down the ice and getting it deep so definitely not our best."

On the struggles relating to the line changes with Backstrom and Wilson still acclimating: "I don't know if we can put too much into that, really. I think most of these guys have been playing at a pretty high live for about a month and a half here and you're bound to have a little lull at times. At times, when you're winning games, I feel like other teams elevate their game a little bit. I think they're on a little bit of a run here of finding success. So we definitely gotta be sharper, but I think they came out as pretty good tonight."

On things coming together in the third period: "Yeah, I think besides a couple of penalties, I think maybe we could have tied that thing up. A lot of stick penalties today, including mine. So that comes down to working a little bit harder on defense and using your legs instead of your stick. So gotta learn from that and get ready to go here. It'll be nice to have two days in between here and get even more fresh."

On Backstrom getting his first point: "Definitely, I told him earlier that I was struggling trying to get him the puck tonight. So it usually works out better when he has it in his hands and gets it to me, and so it's always nice to get one on the tape from 19. He's gonna get his assists, that's for sure. But I'm sure it's nice for him to get that first one out of the way and away we go."

Garnet Hathaway

On not sustaining pressure and what'll lead to turning that around: "I think we have to continue to focus on those big momentum swing shifts. We got a couple other and their first power play, that's the way we want to start and when that goes in, we're already fighting back. We want to score the first goal of the game and we didn't, so we're clawing back."

On the line combinations: "…We've all played with each other enough at practice that we know tendencies. I wouldn't say it was sticking your toe in the water for the game to try and create connections, I think we just didn't execute and we then we didn't work hard enough to get the puck back. I think as the game went, we started to do that more and more. And we need to bring that momentum two nights from now when we're playing that team."

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