Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein
Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates mixed the lines up again at practice this Wednesday morning following another embarrassing home loss, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. Oates has tried just about every line combination out there, but at the morning practice he actually had Alex Ovechkin designated on the second line right wing, along with Mike Ribeiro at center and Wojtek Wolski at left wing.
Marcus Johansson, after what was probably his strongest game this season, was moved up with Mick Backstrom and Troy Brouwer on the first line.
Oates talked about the multiple mental and communications mistakes in the loss to the Leafs.
“I think, in the course of a game, no one plays perfect any game and there’s going to be mental mistakes and how you handle what happens after them. You try to fix them all the time, but no one plays perfect.”
So how to you correct those mental mistakes?
“You fight through it. You stay with it. I don’t think there’s been a game we’ve been out of it in a long time. That shows they’re doing a lot of things correctly. Because of that you’re in the hockey game, right to the end.”
For Oates’ full comments, and those of Mike Green, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Roman Hamrlik, please click the links below.