Video: Caps Up 2-0, but Far From Satisfied

Russ Thaler had a report for CSN Washington from Kettler Capitals IcePlex Saturday. The video is above. The best quote of the day came from Bruce Boudreau. “When you’re up 2-0 on a really good team, everybody is playing good,” Boudreau said. “The defense is playing good. The forwards are playing good. The question is: can you sustain it? And that’s our question. Hopefully, we can.”

The last two series the Capitals have played in the playoffs, the Capitals have had 2-0 and 3-1 series leads, only to see both the Penguins and the Canadiens come back and win. When asked about losing those seven-game match-ups in the past, Alex Ovechkin had this to say. “Right now we stay focused and right now this team is different. Again that kind of experience from the last couple of years will help us.” Can the Capitals ride out the early momentum that the New York crowd will supply to the Rangers? Will the Capitals take what could be an insurmountable 3-0 series lead headed into Wednesday’s Game Four at Madison Square Gardens? We’ll see tomorrow at 3pm.

Also, make sure to check out these other fine Capitals stories from today: Capitals Insider: Capitals could have a different set of top two lines for Game 3 | Dump N’ Chase: Arnott Producing In The Clutch | Ted’s Take: Good and Bad

  • Ian

    Check out this great video from today’s Caps practice too:

  • BobbyG

    @Ian: Russ Thaler was a little unclear in his opening statement in the video. When he spoke about the Caps being “up 2 games” on both Montreal and Pittsburgh, I don’t think he meant they took a 2-0 lead both times because that isn’t true. The Caps went up 2-0 on the Penguins in 2009, not so against the Canadiens in 2010. Last year the Caps lost Game 1 at home to the Habs and won Game 2, so that series was tied 1-1 after 2 games. The Caps were “up 2 games” when they took a 3-1 lead in the series.

    However the main point has been made, the key question is this: do the Caps have the killer instinct and not let up in their play against the Rangers? No lead is safe in a series, nothing is proven until you win 4 games and move on. Let’s see if the Caps can get it done.

  • Colin

    I think this team is much more mentally tough that the one from last year. They are committed to their system and you just don’t see them panic and press like they did in past years.

    BTW, not to nit pick too much, but the Caps didn’t go up 2-0 on MTL last year. They dropped the first at home before winning three straight to go up 3-1. We all, unfortunately, remember what happened then.