Capitals-Islanders: Postgame Quotes

Via the team:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on being on the top of the Southeast Division...

"The guys will enjoy it for a little bit, but we've got a lot of hockey left. I think it's more important that we focus on the weekend, because it obviously could drop just as fast. We've got to focus on our games."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the play of defenseman Mike Green...

"He's [Mike Green] got a nice little streak going. I love the way he's moving up on the play. He's not trying to do too much with it. I would say in the last few games he's moved up at the correct times and been involved in the play at the correct times, and not trying to gamble. He's playing very well."

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green on the importance of the two points...

"We don't want to ever come down to a shootout, but Holtsy [Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby] has been so great in net, so confident. He deserves that. He got us that win tonight."

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green on the play of the Caps...

"It's just the matter of continuing to play strong and play a full 60 minutes with the same mind frame. When you do that, whether it's shootout or overtime or whatnot, when you do that, you are going to win."

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the play of Caps goaltender Braden Holtby...

"Holts was a stud. He was a stud throughout the game. He made some tremendous saves. They had some great looks that from the bench we thought it was going in, but he was able to get a pad across and he came across big in the shootout."

Washington Capitals Troy Brouwer on the play of Caps defenseman Mike Green...

"I think he's feeling pretty comfortable back there right now. I know that with all the injuries he's had over the past couple of years, he's felt like he hasn't gotten into a good rhythm. Right now he's scoring goals and helping us win. We need him to do that, but he's also playing good defensively."

New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on how the game progressed tonight...

"We know the importance of these games. I think after the first couple periods we didn't get as much traffic and shots that we wanted to get, neither team did in the first [period], but in the second [period], I thought we came out, we came out hard. I thought both goaltenders on both sides played a terrific game."

New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on getting a point in a tough road game...

"Huge, I didn't think we were going to get one by [Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby]. We had at least 12 to 16 shots during the third period. We'll take the point, it's on the road, tough building to play in against a real good hockey team so yeah, we'd like to get the two [points] but one is better than none. But I liked the effort from the guys tonight."

New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on how his team was able to get a point tonight...

"I thought we showed character. We played our system [and] we played well, we sacrificed the body, and that's how it's going to be for the rest of the season. We have to just get the point, get rest, and be ready for the next game."

New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on the team coming back being a positive for the rest of the year...

"It is [a positive sign], we've been talking about that. We say all the time, it's not easy to win in this league and sometimes you're going to lose. It's like a chess match sometimes and you take a point and move on, and prepare that the next game is going to be the same."

New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit on the team showing heart coming back late in the third period...

"At least we got a point, we played a pretty good game. [We got] a lot of shots on net but we just couldn't score more goals, but the way we came back, tied it up, with just a few minutes to go in the third [period] is a good sign."

New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit on both goaltenders playing exceptionally tonight...

"We had a few really good chances today but [Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby] played really strong and ours did as well so it was one of those typical down the stretch games."

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