Talk about following your boss’ orders.
Two nights after falling apart against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and one day after their general manager told them to stop taking penalties and keep the puck out of their net, the Capitals put together their most dominant performance of the season in a 5-0 win over the Florida Panthers at VerizonCenter.
Braden Holtby turned aside all 27 shots he faced for his fourth career shutout, Troy Brouwer netted a pair of goals and the Caps were a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill as the Caps ended their three-game losing streak.
Several players said a players-only meeting helped put the Caps in the right frame of mind.
“The time is right now; we have to turn it around,” said Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored his fourth goal of the season.
“Everybody was so focused today. We had a meeting and we said we have to bring our energy and do what you do best. It was about mental play. It’s an important win for us, a divisional game. It’s one game and it’s over. We have to be focused on next game.”
That will come Tuesday night in Sunrise when the Caps try to make it two in a row against the team directly above them in the Eastern Conference standings.
Caps' win is just what the boss ordered
CSN Washington | Feb 10