Sunday, January 24, 2010

Caps Notes and Quotes vs. Phoenix

The Capitals extended their win-streak to six games last night with a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Verizon Center.

Alexander Semin and Eric Fehr led the way on offense with a combined six points. Semin finished with a goal and three assists while Fehr finished with a goal and an assist; both coming on the power play.

Michael Neuvirth stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in his first game action since January 13.

Capitals Head Coach Bruce BoudreauOn tonight’s game…“I was really worried about this game because Phoenix is a good team but also because of an emotional letdown after playing Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. I thought our guys answered the bell pretty well emotionally in this kind of game. We kept saying ‘stay the course.’ Today was going to be a game about patience. They’re very good defensively. I thought we did a good job of just staying that course and doing what we had to do. We scored five-on-five and two power-play goals and that was the difference. ”On the play of Capitals Right Wing Alexander Semin …“He’s playing well right now. He’s so skilled. He’s one of the few people that I know of…Nicky {Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom} may be the other one, that can pass it from one side of the ice to the other side and it lands flat all the time. It’s a real skill. He’s got it. He’s sort of on his game right now.”On Capitals Right Wing Eric Fehr getting more time on the power play…“We haven’t had many power plays to speak of {lately}. We’ve got two power-play units. Nobody’s had {power play} minutes except Alex {Capitals Left Wing Alex Ovechkin} and Mike {Capitals Defenseman Mike Green}. Today we had {seven} power plays. The {two units} come at you from different sides and Eric’s on {one of the units} and he’s going to get that extra time.”On the play of Capitals Goaltender Michal Neuvirth…“I thought he played really good. I thought he was a little nervous at the beginning of the game. He really smothered pucks in the third period and allowed our centermen to win a lot of face-offs, so we could get line changes and weren’t caught out there too long. That was a real big factor.”Washington vs. Phoenix CoyotesVerizon Center, Washington D.C.January 23, 2010Head Coach Dave TippettOn the way his team worked on the ice tonight…“We ended up having to work too hard because we took too many penalties. When you give the top power play in the league that many power plays it wears down a lot of people. It wears down your defense. We had some people out there that competed very hard. [Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski] was excellent out there. It comes down to discipline and not put a high skilled team on the power play. In the end, it comes down to a special teams contest and we lost that contest tonight.”Coyotes defenseman Adrian AucoinOn how the penalties cost the team tonight…“We were undisciplined. We know how good they are, they’re a skilled team. Specialty teams is something that’s going to win or lose games and if you give a team that many power plays and take away our power plays, it’s going to cost us and it did.”On the Caps puck possession…“They just skated the puck. We gave them the puck a few too many times. It’s a real tough game to play when you give a skilled team the puck and we know that and we should have worked on keeping the puck, especially when they keep getting it behind you and play an aggressive game.”Coyotes forward Lauri KorpikoskiOn the penalties costing the team in tonight’s contest…“You can’t take penalties against a team that has a lot of skill on the [power play]. Specialty teams kind of haven’t been there for two nights so we have to improve. It starts with the penalties, we can’t take so many, and our power play has to be better.”On how things may have been different for the Coyotes…“It’s almost like a playoff atmosphere here, playing against a highly skilled team the way we’re going to win is play harder than them. I think we can improve that.”Washington vs. PhoenixVerizon Center, Washington D.C.January 23, 2010Caps Forward Eric FehrOn the first goal…“I was trying to go over to Mike Green coming back down and he gave it right back to me and I just took a quick shot.”On Brooks Laich’s goal…“I thought we were moving the puck pretty well. We were going high to low to try and get their forwards turned around and [Alexander] Semin made a great pass to Brooks [Laich] and he put it in.”On power-play opportunities…”It feels good. We’re taking advantage of our power-play opportunities right now. Hopefully that will keep teams from taking penalties against us and if they don’t, then we can make it cost them.”Caps Defenseman Tom PotiOn the game…“Our forwards did great. We tried to wear them down by dumping it in and getting on them down low because they played a real patient game and waited for us to make mistakes. And I think we made one or two and they scored on those two. So our forwards did a great job tonight.”On playing disciplined…“We were very disciplined early on; we knew the game was going to come down to special teams.”Caps Goalie Michael NeuvirthOn playing in the game…“I wasn’t really feeling very good before the game and I didn’t really expect to play because Theo [Jose Theodore] was playing really good now. I was shaky at first, but I settled down and just played my game.”On working with Arturs Irbe after getting pulled two games…“Just get my confidence back. I was really down after those two games. I felt like my career was over. So Archie [Irbe] helped me a lot and it’s a big win. Big thanks to him.”Caps Winger Alexander SeminOn the game…“We had a lot of chances and we capitalized on some of them. The main thing is that we won and the game went just as we expected. The main thing is that we won.”On his play picking up lately…“I haven’t changed anything really. I just go out and play. I try not to think about it.”On making so many great passes lately…“I haven’t really changed anything. Sometimes I shoot and score. Sometimes I give passes. It depends on the situation really. It’s situational hockey for me. It depends on the moment I am in.”

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