Mathieu Perreault wanted to show what he could do after four games as a healthy scratch. Eric Fehr wanted to show what he could do with some more playing time. Joel Ward wanted to show what he could do with more responsibility.
“We’re three hardworking guys,” Perreault said. “It seems like we were just supporting each other very well in the offensive zone.”
And producing. The Fehr-Perreault-Ward line was responsible for two goals Saturday night.
But it’s not even about production as much as it is tilting the ice in the Caps’ favor.
“They cycled and they were relentless and they bumped guys off the puck,” coach Adam Oates said. “That’s all the little things we talk about all the time.”
“We’re just going to try to cycle, wear and tear and, I think, work hard,” Ward said. “I thought we had a couple chances and kind of gained our confidence from the start. We just got to get pucks down low and cycle and try to wear down the other team’s D-men.”
Fehr said forechecking and forcing turnovers were a couple of things to take pride in. Then, when those turnovers happen, go hard to the net.
“I think our goal is stay out of our own zone,” Ward said. “And if we can do that playing the offensive side, then who cares about position and who’s got what stick? As long as you’re inside their blue line and trapped ‘em in, you’re moving around so much that if you’re not playing defense in your own zone, we’ll be fine.
“That’s the mentality we’re going to have: I guess they say the best defense is a good offense, and we can kind of just press them in that way.”
Johansson misses practice
Forward Marcus Johansson missed Monday’s practice with what the team called an “upper-body injury,” two days after he was considered a healthy scratch. Oates said Johansson was injured in Thursday night’s game at the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s been bugging him but last time he played,” Oates said.View Entire Story
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