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“We definitely wanted to be better offensively,” forward Eric Fehr said. “They’re a strong defensive team, and they’ve got some of the best defensemen in the league, so it made it a little bit difficult.”

But the Caps won’t face anemic defenses too often in their remaining 33 games, so they have to adjust to playing low-scoring games. Defenseman Karl Alzner said he and his teammates were “OK playing that way” against the Rangers.

“We’re disappointed that we lost, but I think we’ve been playing well,” left wing Wojtek Wolski said. “We’ve definitely been moving in the right direction. We’ve been doing the right things, and we’ve got to … look at some video and move past it.”

Players seem to subscribe to Oates‘ methodology that includes film as such a major part of the learning process. So as they take a much-needed break before a tough stretch, it’s no surprise that the Caps want to see evidence of what needs improvement.

“We just got to go home and watch what we did wrong,” Backstrom said. “We’ve got to regroup and make sure we’re ready on Thursday.”