OTTAWA – When Matt Hendricks says he and his teammates need to look in the mirror, it’s obvious the Capitals weren’t happy with the way they played Friday night.
They got chances against Craig Anderson and the Senators – but they weren’t satisfied with the amount of quality ones.
“I thought we had some chances, too, but just couldn’t seem to get them by him there,” Hendricks said. “But I do think they worked a little harder than us tonight.”
Bruce Boudreau said there were some “Grade A” scoring opportunities. But the Caps’ overall play wasn’t up to par for a team gunning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
“I think we didn’t get into our game until halfway through the second period or something like that,” Marcus Johansson said. “They made it hard for us, and we didn’t get much chances but it’s something we gotta work on.”
The plan, Boudreau noted, was to dump pucks in deep and try to wear down the Senators’ defensemen. He lamented a lack of physicality by saying “I’ll betcha we didn’t have 15” hits. Their final total was 18 but point taken.
So now the Caps head to Montreal to face a Canadiens team that got crushed 7-0 by the Bruins on Thursday night.
“They’re gonna probably be pretty ticked off and pretty motivated,” Boudreau said, “so we better be ready.”