Capitals-Jets: Postgame Quotes

Via the team:

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on forward Tom Wilson's goal...

"The play [Julien Brouillette] made, banking it off the boards perfectly like that - that was a great play, and obviously it worked. The bounce was right; it popped in the right spot. Brooksy [Brooks Laich] went to the net, took everybody, and put Willy [Tom Wilson] in the right spot and got rewarded. It was a great play. It gave us a lot of life."

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates on the third defensive pair of Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette...

"I told them both..."Enjoy the moment. It can be overwhelming. Try and do the best you can [and play] as simple as you can." I thought they played with good confidence and as the game went along, I thought [assistant coach Calle Johansson] put them out in the right situations to get a little bit of confidence. I thought they played really solid, very reliable, and they moved the puck well."

Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer on the Capital's third period play...

"We came out, we started winning battles and as a result we were holding the puck a little bit more - creating some more opportunities. Good defensive play, which led to some rushes offensively."

Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer on rookies earning their first points...

"Anytime you can see those guys chip in, help out, get their firsts - everyone's going to be excited for them."

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin on the play of the Capitals rookies...

"It's always nice to see those kinds of players. They work hard every night. They do everything for the team...It's nice when they get to score."

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on moving forward with the season after the Olympic break...

"Obviously we need to keep up; we've put ourselves in a position where each game keeps getting bigger and bigger. How we're going to be successful is if we dumb it down and we just focus on the little things that we need to do to win games like tonight with the crashing the net, getting those dirty goals. That's what we have to do consistently in order to win games."

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice on his team's penalty kill tonight...

"Our penalty kill has just been outstanding. The only downside is the eight minutes that we spent killing that are hard minutes. They're not passive minutes. To get to Washington's power play, you're spending an awful lot of energy with some key guys in our group. Four isn't a huge number to kill, but it's still eight solid minutes of pushing your best guys, and it took a bit of a toll on us."

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice on bouncing back from tonight's loss...

"We'll leave this game entirely here. We're not bringing any of it on the plane. We will look at the things structurally that are part of every game, not just specific to the Washington game, and keep trying to get better."

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen on tonight's game...

"We've been good. We've been pretty comfortable and confident at the same time and playing with the lead. They got their bounces. They have a lot of skill up there. They were able to push us back."

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little on the Jets ability to shake off losses...

"That's what we've got to do again. It's the last game before the break and we definitely want to go out in good terms. It's a big game, in St. Louis. We need to start winning all of these games."

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Begosian on what went wrong tonight...

"They capitalized on their chances in the third. They have a lot of firepower in their front. A couple of breakdowns here and there, and the puck goes in the net. I thought we controlled a lot of the second period, and going into the third period we were feeling good. It's unfortunate the outcome of it, but we just have to look forward to St. Louis now."

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Begosian on the Jets recent struggles against the Capitals...

"They have some guys that can score. If you give them time and space, they're going to make plays and do things pretty special out there. I don't know if it's something that they do as a game plan or what not."

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