Capitals-Sharks: Postgame Quotes

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates on tonight's game...

"It was a good game. Good hockey game. I thought the whole team played very well. Hard fought game; great pace to it. Obviously, didn't come through in the shootout, but it was a good hockey game."

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates on the play of the San Jose Sharks...

"They [San Jose Sharks] are a very good hockey team. They have been for a long time. They are a team on autopilot; that's what I told the guys. They have been together a long time, same coach for a long time, same system; they know what they are doing. They show up; they are not intimidated on the road. They've got the best first period numbers in the league. They've got the best power-plays by 50, in the league, which is a ridiculous number. But you see why. They are a very disciplined hockey team and every night you've got to be ready."

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin on the way the Caps played against a strong opponent...

"It was a good test for us. A good team. They've been together for a long time. I think we had good chances to win the game in regular time, in the third period, but we got the point."

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin on his goal in the second period...

"I shoot the puck and it goes in. One of those shots. It was lucky and a good shot...Alzy [Karl Alzner] did a good assist and gave me the puck at the right time and the right spot."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the play of the Capitals...

"We were unhappy about our last game against Buffalo, so we played better tonight. Better puck movement, better puck possession, we moved the puck well. That's what I think is the difference."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the difficulty of the team playing very well but not winning games...

"Sometimes it's tough. We know we aren't going to score on every shift out there, but we are doing the right thing and hopefully it will bounce with us next game. It will come if we just keep working. I think it will come."

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on how the team is playing in front of him....

"Every game it gets better. I mean five on five against probably one of the best teams and we were cycling the puck down low. We were playing basically in their zone and giving up nothing."

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on how the Capitals played....

"It's important to get the two points, but we played a great game. In their zone we had the puck probably a lot of times, cycling in their zone which was pretty good...We stick to our game plan and we play our system and we just need to score."

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates on tonight's game...

"It was a good game. Good hockey game. I thought the whole team played very well. Hard fought game; great pace to it. Obviously, didn't come through in the shootout, but it was a good hockey game."

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates on the play of the San Jose Sharks...

"They [San Jose Sharks] are a very good hockey team. They have been for a long time. They are a team on autopilot; that's what I told the guys. They have been together a long time, same coach for a long time, same system; they know what they are doing. They show up; they are not intimidated on the road. They've got the best first period numbers in the league. They've got the best power-plays by 50, in the league, which is a ridiculous number. But you see why. They are a very disciplined hockey team and every night you've got to be ready."

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin on the way the Caps played against a strong opponent...

"It was a good test for us. A good team. They've been together for a long time. I think we had good chances to win the game in regular time, in the third period, but we got the point."

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin on his goal in the second period...

"I shoot the puck and it goes in. One of those shots. It was lucky and a good shot...Alzy [Karl Alzner] did a good assist and gave me the puck at the right time and the right spot."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the play of the Capitals...

"We were unhappy about our last game against Buffalo, so we played better tonight. Better puck movement, better puck possession, we moved the puck well. That's what I think is the difference."

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on the difficulty of the team playing very well but not winning games...

"Sometimes it's tough. We know we aren't going to score on every shift out there, but we are doing the right thing and hopefully it will bounce with us next game. It will come if we just keep working. I think it will come."

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on how the team is playing in front of him....

"Every game it gets better. I mean five on five against probably one of the best teams and we were cycling the puck down low. We were playing basically in their zone and giving up nothing."

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on how the Capitals played....

"It's important to get the two points, but we played a great game. In their zone we had the puck probably a lot of times, cycling in their zone which was pretty good...We stick to our game plan and we play our system and we just need to score."

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