Capitals-Hurricanes: Postgame Quotes

Via the team...

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on tonight’s game…

"I thought it was a good hockey game. I thought both teams played well. I thought we did a lot of good things – tough break on the winning goal…The pace was pretty good of the game. The second half of the game I thought we played pretty hard…all in all I thought the game was okay."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on Tom Wilson…

"I really love his energy and his size out there and his willingness to hit and finish and create opportunities in the offensive zone – and you know what he’s still learning."

Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Olesky on tonight’s loss…

"It’s something that we are going to learn from. We are putting ourselves in good positions. When we figure out how to put 60 minutes together and close out those games, I think we will be talking about a different story."

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on keeping the intensity at all times…

"Teams try harder when they are behind. We need to play like we are behind the entire time. The way we were playing in those last 10 minutes of that game there, that’s the way that it needs to be done at all times. And that’s something that comes up I think in pretty much every dressing room, I think at some point throughout the year. Unfortunately, we need to address it right now."

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on the play in the first period…

"Probably one of the better ones. It would seem like there was a lot of energy in the building. We were feeling pretty good; we wanted to get a win for Nicky [Nicklas Backstrom]. It was a good effort, but clearly we need a little bit more."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the Capitals 1 and 4 record…

"It’s a long season, but obviously you want to get as good of a start as you can. It’s going to be tough to catch up to teams if you fall too far behind, so we have to make sure we look ourselves in the mirror and do a better job. This is not good enough, that’s for sure."

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on battling the same Caps in a new division…

"It’s a divisional game and we had some young guys in the lineup and we said these are the [games] that you have to reach down and give a little extra because they are going to be a little more intense. I thought our guys…were really focused right from the start and played 60 solid minutes. Great performance – we’re really happy with them. They dug down and it wasn’t easy. They stayed with it and came from behind and got a huge win."

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on Canes forward Nathan Gerbe

"He’s doing a lot of things of well without the puck. He’s back-checking a couple times there. He competes and he works and he’s really worked for his goals so far [this season] and it was a huge one [tonight], and it’s nice to see him get rewarded for all the other things he did tonight."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal on the team’s effort and how they played the third period…

"It was a good effort. [The score was] 2-2 going into the third [period]. I liked our effort so far in the game, and we finished it out there. Big goal by [Canes forward Nathan Gerbe], and we’ll continue on."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal on how the tough battles with the Caps are the same within the new division…

"We enjoy that. It’s a battle when we play these guys; it’s competitive. You remember those moments where they got the better of you and you want to make sure that that’s not going to be the case anymore. It was a good win for us tonight and now, we have to follow it up with a big test tomorrow at home."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm on getting his first career NHL goal…

"Probably not the first goal [I imagined], but it still counts, so it was nice. Nice to have it done – hopefully it’s coming more and more. It’s always nice to have the first goal away."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm on tonight’s game…

"It’s always nice to win a tight game. Washington is a good team. It was a great team effort and [we] could always play real well on the road."

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