Tag: Barry Trotz


PHT Morning Skate: Ducks’ fan gets ‘Corey Perry is a Saint’ tattoo


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Prior to Game 5 an Anaheim Ducks fan on reddit vowed to get a tattoo of the classic Mighty Ducks logo with the words “Corey Perry Is a Saint” written around it. Well the Ducks won 3-2 in overtime on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference final and the fan made good on his promise. (Bar Down)

With Alex Ovechkin guaranteeing a Washington Capitals win in Game 7 tonight, Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News looks at the history of guaranteeing victory in sports. (The Hockey News)

Speaking of Ovechkin’s guarantee, Caps’ coach Barry Trotz applauded his captain for the confident comments.

A fan used his new Apple Watch to track his heart rate during the Rangers’ Game 6 victory on Sunday. (Puck Daddy)

According to Keith Jones, a combination of time off and confidence from Game 6 could prove beneficial for the Capitals especially against a Rangers team full of momentum.

Trotz: ‘We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game’


The Washington Capitals were out-shot 15-4 and fell behind 2-0 in the opening period of Game 2 on Saturday afternoon – that was the difference in the eyes of coach Barry Trotz.

“We didn’t play our best game for 60 minutes. You can’t get away with that. You can’t get around that. You’ve got to go through those things so full credit to them,” said Trotz. “We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game. The Rangers deserved to win the hockey game.

“To me, it was our start, it was our degree of desperation level… it was higher on their side than it was on ours. They capitalized on that.”

Chris Kreider opened the scoring 38-seconds into the first and Dan Boyle had his first of the playoffs giving New York an early lead at MSG.

“I think after what happened [Thursday], we were all upset,” said Henrik Lundqvist. “I was really annoyed and it really bothered me, so you try to use that energy to bring it over into this game and be determined that we need this one. I think the first period we played one of our better periods.”

Washington out-shot New York 28-20 in the final 40 minutes including 12-8 in the third period, but was unable to find the equalizer falling 3-2.

“I think we matchup very well, I think there’s some things that they do extremely well, I think there’s some things we can do a little bit better, if we do that, then who knows? The series can turn on a dime some times,” said Trotz.

“I think we’re two teams that are quite evenly matched. It’ll be interesting coming back in our building.”

Jason Chimera, who assisted on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fourth of the playoffs, agreed the start was the difference.

“A slow start hurt us,” Chimera said. “Anytime you dig yourself a 2-0 hole in a building like this, it’s hard to come back. (In) afternoon games, you have to get up for them. You have to get ready.

“You have to have a short memory in the playoffs. Hopefully we can come back in our barn. We have home ice and we have to take advantage of that.”

Game 3 goes Monday night at the Verizon Center.

Rangers hang on, even series with Caps

Henrik Lundqvist

Entering Saturday’s game between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers much of the talk centered around the standard of officiating in the playoffs.

Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t happy with how things ended in Game 1 following Nicklas Backstrom’s hit on Dan Boyle. Barry Trotz told reporters on Saturday morning he didn’t feel things changed much in the postseason.

Officiating took a back seat to the goaltending performances by Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist in Game 2.

Lundqvist made 30 saves back-stopping the Rangers to a 3-2 win evening the series at 1-1.

Holtby finished with 32 saves in the loss.

“(Holtby) kept us in the first. We weren’t good, we weren’t winning any races, but he’s grown as a goaltender, and he will continue to grow,” said Trotz.”He’s just entering the prime of his career right now. There’s a lot of good things that he’s learned this year and he will to continue to learn.”

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Rangers in Game 2s on home ice dating back to 1996.

Chris Kreider and Boyle gave New York a 2-0 lead after one period.

Boyle’s goal, which came with Joel Ward off for hooking, was the first power play goal allowed by the Capitals in these playoffs.

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fourth of the playoffs got the Caps on the board in the second period.

Derick Brassard scored the eventual game-winner at 6:07 of the third.

Alex Ovechkin scored in highlight-reel fashion to pull the Caps to within one midway through the third; however, there were no last-second heroics from Washington on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought they had some good looks at the end there. Hank had to come up with a couple big saves,” said Vigneault of the final minutes. “They pulled their goaltender and they were coming at us with everything they’ve got.

“Our guys were working real hard and every time we were real close to getting it out, they were finding a way to pull it back in. It was a tough last couple minutes.”

New York’s last eight playoff wins have all been by one goal.

Game 3 goes Monday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. You can catch the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Trotz on Ovechkin: ‘I wanted him to be more active’

Washington Capitals v Montreal Canadiens

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

When Barry Trotz took over the coaching reigns in Washington many questioned whether he’d be able to get the most out of his star captain Alex Ovechkin.

The 29-year-old was coming off a season in which he recorded a career-worst minus-35 rating as Washington missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Following a two-point performance in the Caps’ Game 1 victory over the New York Rangers, Trotz revealed part of the reason Ovechkin has had a bounce back year.

It started with a lengthy conversation in Las Vegas last year at the NHL Awards.

“Really, what I told him is that I wanted him to be more active,” Trotz said per CSNWashington.com. “I thought he had too much glide in his game. When I was in the other conference we talked about how he wasn’t skating and how easy he is to cover.”

It’s not the first time Trotz has spoken openly about Ovechkin needing to tweak his game. Soon after taking the coaching job in Washington the 52-year-old spoke about Ovechkin needing to “grow his game”.

“I think if he gets a little less glide in his game that he’ll be as dynamic and hard to handle as he ever was,” Trotz said in June.

Boy was Trotz right.

Ovechkin scored a league-leading 53 goals in the regular season and saw a plus-45 improvement in his plus-minus rating, from a minus-35 last season to a plus-10 this season.

“He’s a guy that I think was maybe a little miscast in the past,” Trotz said. “Ovi is one of those guys that really wants to win. He’s won virtually every award you can win individually and I think he’s at a real good time in his career, and I think we’re going to benefit from that.

“Now he wants to do something team-wise. For him to grow as a leader, that was my mandate with him. I’m going to share all my experiences with him and teach him how to lead and he’s bought in.”

Neither Trotz nor Ovechkin have ever been past the second round of the playoffs. Thanks to a conversation in Vegas, and some tweaks to his game, both men are just three wins a way from getting to the conference finals.

Glencross to return to Caps’ lineup for Game 7

Washington Capitals Headshots

Capitals forward Curtis Glencross, who has been a healthy scratch in three straight games, is expected to play in Game 7 on Monday.

Glencross was a minus-3 with two penalty minutes through the first three games of the series.

The 32-year-old, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames prior to the trade deadline, had four goals and seven points in 18 regular season games following the deal.

Eric Fehr practiced on Sunday for the first time since being sidelined in Game 3 with an upper body injury.

Fehr left Washington’s 2-1 overtime loss last Sunday following a hit from Kyle Okposo in the first period.

Fehr had a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes in the first three games of the series.

According to Capitals coach Barrty Trotz, Fehr would be available for the second round, if Washington gets past New York in Game 7 on Monday.

Puck drop for Game 7 is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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