One day after a brutal 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, the Capitals who played in Game 6 received a full day of rest. Only a handful of healthy scratches took to the ice for a brief skate on Monday. Everyone else took a mental break from a series where every game has been decided by a single goal.
“Obviously, a day to recover and relax and just kind of stay away from the rink a little bit,” forward Jay Beagle. “We were able to come in and get treatment if we wanted to and get a little stretch, but stay off the ice and just kind of let the body heal up and get ready for Wednesday.”
They will have a full practice on Tuesday at Kettler Iceplex and then travel to Boston for the deciding Game 7 at TD Garden. The game time for Wednesday still hasn’t been officially announced. Seven Caps players are left on the roster who have appeared in all four of the Game 7s played since 2008. Washington is 1-3 in those games, all of them played at Verizon Center. They have no such luxury this time around. Not that home ice has helped much – in this series or around the NHL, where the home team is 16-26 this spring.
“I just think it’s different now. It’s different hockey,” defenseman John Carlson said. “I think everybody’s wanting to get that extra goal or even when you’re down a goal it’s never say never. Teams are just battling and if you battle sometimes the bounces just go your way – whether you’re at home or on the road. That’s just the way it’s been.”
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