Carlson: OT frequency brings out the best in Caps

Brian Tinsman
April 18, 2018 - 11:51 pm

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Sixty minutes is rarely enough for the Washington Capitals in the playoffs.

According to the Washington Post, the Capitals have played at least one overtime period in each of the last five games, eight of the last 10 first-round games, and 34 dating back to the 2005-06 games. 

Despite all of the experience, overtime was no friend to the Caps, as they lost the first two overtime games to the Columbus Blue Jackets and came harrowing close to becoming the first team in NHL history to lose the first three games of a playoff series in overtime. 

So, the Caps played a second overtime on Tuesday night, which really brought the team together.

"You rely on your teammates a lot more," John Carlson told CDVTW on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday. "I think all four of our lines and six of our [defensemen> are playing a lot more because you want to stay as fresh as possible.

"That means that everyone needs to chip in. If you're playing, you need to chip in and some shape or form. It just comes back to loyalty to the team and all of us working together for the same common goal.

"I think this is the best that our four lines back played in a little while, and help shouldering the load where they can. That's what they're looking for."

In other words, the more that the Caps play, the better that they play in the playoffs. It could also be that they play looser, at least according to Tom Wilson.

"Going into the second overtime, a few more jokes come out," he told NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir. "The farther you go, that’s what makes a team and those are the moments you kind of remember in the locker room and guys pulling together and going out there and getting the job done.

"It’s important to have those memories to fall back on, the wins and stuff. We had two bad outcomes and now we got one positive one in our book, so, we’re going to look back on that and use the experience."

The next time that the Caps inevitably play out regulation in a tie, don't despair; the best comes after hours for this squad.


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