- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
Confident Capitals see opportunity ahead after comeback victory
Question of the Day
Sitting on his couch wrapped in a blanket, Troy Brouwer had an interesting view of his Washington Capitals and the rest of the NHL on Tuesday night. Laid up with an illness, he was able to watch as the Southeast Division-rival Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers all won.
Had the Caps not been able to erase a three-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in overtime, they would have fallen into last place in the Eastern Conference.
“We know that this week and last week are very crucial for putting ourselves in a spot to make the playoffs,” Brouwer said. “If we lose any more ground, it’s going to be kind of hopeless going forward.”
That desperate attitude is still present as the Caps turn their attention to three games in four days. But in beating the Bruins, they staved off the hopelessness and built up some much-needed momentum.
“It’s huge for your confidence to come back against a team like the Bruins who are one of the top teams in the East,” defenseman Tom Poti said. “I think it can lift our spirits and kind of get our swagger back a little bit.”
Swagger and confidence aren’t in high supply for a team that has been looking up at most of the conference for the better part of the past month. But the mood is improved by the emotional victory against Boston, Washington’s seventh win in the past 10 games.
“I think our mindset might change after that win,” left wing Aaron Volpatti said.
That might be a bit of hyperbole for a team still five points out of playoff position and eight back of the division-leading Hurricanes. With that in mind, coach Adam Oates is trying to maintain an even keel.
“You can’t get too high and too low. Obviously you’ve got to enjoy it,” Oates said. “A lot of positives … but you have to turn the page. It’s a new game tomorrow and we’re right back at it.”
Facing three games from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon doesn’t allow a whole lot of time to revel in a comeback. But there are lessons to be learned from storming back against Boston.
“I think it says a lot about our character,” said Eric Fehr, who scored the game-winner. “This team believes in ourselves a lot more than we did at the beginning of the season. We’re a pretty confident bunch right now and we’re believing in the system and that’s why it doesn’t matter who’s on which line. We’re playing together as a team and that’s why we’re able to win.”
Two straight victories won’t erase the Caps’ start, but this is where the compressed schedule can play in their favor. Thursday begins a stretch of 14 games in 25 days.
While Oates acknowledged “the schedule doesn’t let up,” this is a chance to pick up points in bunches.
“That’s the benefit of this schedule, or the downfall if you’re struggling, right?” Volpatti said. “We’re on a little bit of a roll now here, so [we’re] just trying to get as many wins as we can in a short period of time.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- WHYNO: Tomas Vokoun gets unexpected Stanley Cup shot with Penguins
- Brandon Meriweather, Redskins' secondary ready for bounceback year
- Kirk Cousins embraces role as Redskins' offseason starter as RG3 rehabs from injury
- Capitals notes: Realignment won't prompt roster remake
- Despite Caps' first-round playoff exit, Adam Oates' first season as coach left a positive taste
Latest Blog Entries
- Redskins injury updates (5/23): WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Wilson each had labrum surgery
- Capitals 'love' Matt Hendricks, but how much?
- Wojtek Wolski signs in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
- Tom Poti won't return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career
- Is Tom Wilson ready to be a regular for Capitals?
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- MILLER: Obamacare enrollees include 101 members of the House of Representatives
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Rush Limbaugh: Obama trying to make Mandela death about himself
- EDITORIAL: Our ideological president
- Federal deficit shrinks 20 percent in fiscal 2014
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Why can’t humans just be free to be humans?
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
White House pets gone wild!