Capitals-Panthers Post-Game Quote Sheet

Via the team:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the biggest difference in the last 11 games...

"It's all the same stuff we talk about every day: the conditioning, the schedule, the system - all the stuff we talk about. The guys are playing better and good things are happening sometimes but all in all, in the last three weeks we've only had one bad game."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on maintaining momentum with a lead...

"When it's a game like this it's very difficult. You just draw on your experiences. You know we've been there and it's hard and it's not the same intensity in the building, you can feel it. It's very difficult. Obviously it's a good situation to be in but my main concern is I don't want someone to get hurt right now because we aren't going one hundred percent."

Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy on his offensive presence...

"It's not easy, I'm just surrounded by some great talent. In my game I try to keep it simple and just do the right things, and obviously with the forwards that we have, you get it (the puck) to them and let them do their thing."

Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy on his performance tonight...

"I got a few more minutes. Obviously to get a lead like that, to jump out hot out of the gate, it helps. Especially in your second game, it eases your tension a bit and you're not afraid to try some things and get more acclimated."

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on having the top power play points in the NHL...

"It means that my teammates are scoring when I give them the puck. It's easier to pass than score, so it's nice. There's a reason why I came here and have a chance to play with all of those skilled players and try to help them get a cup, or two, or three."

Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro on the Washington Capitals having a performance like tonight...

"In terms of scoring a lot of goals, it won't happen often so I think we need to know that it's not going to be the same on Saturday and we need to be ready for that."

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine on the defensive performance tonight...

"I think the [defense] are getting involved and I think winning teams need for the [defense] to chip in. It looks like Carly [John Carlson] scored and a couple of the other guys got some big points."

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine on the team's focus tonight...

"I think they came hard on us in the second period and we stayed composed and stuck to the game plan and things worked out."

Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on the play of the Panthers tonight...

"The ball started to roll and for us we need to absolutely be firing on all cylinders for us to have success, and that wasn't the case tonight."

Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on playing a full 60 minutes...

"We are in a situation where we have to play for 60 minutes. I think they[the Washington Capitals] smell blood when we come in here. If they can get us early, things will start rolling."

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom on the start of the game...

"I don't know what to say. I couldn't stop the puck on the first two shots. It's no excuse for that. It was terrible. I feel like I let the team down. I am there to stop pucks and I didn't do that tonight. It's not good enough."

Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom on playing again tomorrow night...

"Well, obviously it's good for the whole team. You don't want to wait too long after a game like this. It's not just for me. Obviously, hopefully, we can get back at it tomorrow."

Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille on the quick goals by the Capitals in the first period...

"All you can do in those moments is just know, ‘Okay, if they scored 4 in a period, we certainly can do it.' You've got to believe in yourselves at that point and not give up. Your true character, your true colors, show in those moments when things are going wrong even though you seem to be giving it your hardest effort."

Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille on looking ahead to tomorrow night...

"They are a good team in their building. Obviously, tomorrow night we are in our building and we need to take a dose of what Washington is doing. We need to have a good homestand at home. We've got to be a really good team on the road; those are the wins that matter the most. You've got to come out hard and try to win one or two goal games."

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