Capitals-Hurricanes: Post-Game Quote Sheet

Via the team:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the chemistry being off...

"I don't necessarily feel that way. I know the guys might be searching for answers for you guys after a game too and I understand that. If I thought a team was outplaying us drastically then I would say yeah, but I don't feel that way."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on what the team can improve on for Thursday's game...

"There are certain things we're going to want to do the same. Control the puck, obviously our execution can be better all the time...If I had said one thing to the guys after the first it was that we still turned it over a lot. We outplayed them, they didn't get a chance until the four-minute mark, but we still shot ourselves in the foot a few times where we could actually help ourselves even more."

Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks on the play of the team tonight...

"We had a lot of good scoring chances. Ovie [Alex Ovechkin] and Marcus [Johansson] and Ribs [Mike Ribero] came out and we had a lot of good movement in the beginning. We had some more in the second; [Troy] Brouwer got a shorthanded breakaway. We just couldn't find the net tonight."

Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr on the play of Carolina...

"Their goalie played really well in the first period. We had some grade A opportunities and we didn't score. Same thing in the second, Brouwsey [Troy Brouwer] had a breakaway and a nice chance in front. [Their goalie] stones us, and we can't win the game."

Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr on the road ahead...

"We were on a pretty good roll there and then we lose three in a row and we feel like we are right back to where we were. We've just go to work that much harder to get back in the division, and obviously it starts in two days against the same team. We've just got to find a way to score a goal early on them. They are a different team when they are coming from behind, and we couldn't expose that today."

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on taking advantage of a banged-up Caps blue-line...

"We emphasized that we wanted to get pucks behind their [defense] tonight and go to work and play hard in their zone. I think our guys were smart with their puck placement tonight. I thought overall a strong game on the account of our goalie tonight."

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller on being able to maybe build some distance between them and the Caps...

"You can't take anything for granted. That was one of our strongest 60 minute performances this year and in a big game, that's great. We've done a really good job staying focused."

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters on his effort tonight and the team in front of him ...

"It's a lot of fun just to get an opportunity to play in this league and every time I get an opportunity, I want to try and take advantage of it. We played an awesome game tonight as a team right from the drop of the puck, right to the last buzzer. That was a total group effort tonight and a huge confidence booster for us."

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters on possibly being able to put the Caps away after Thursday...

"Obviously, you want to try and create space there [in the division] and we were focused on tonight, coming in here and trying to do that. We have to regroup now and try and have the same mindset coming into Thursday, trying to create space between us."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash on how important these two games are for the division...

"We knew these two games were going to be pretty big games for us. Anytime you play a division rival, you want to put some distance between them. We go into every game hoping for two points, and working for two points, and that's our goal."

Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash on goalie Justin Peters...

"He was unbelievable. He's had three, I think, really good starts for us now. Ever since [Cam] Ward went down, we really needed that."

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