Washington Capitals Right the Ship, Beat Thrashers 2-1

April 2nd, 2010 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
During their now-concluded three-game losing streak, Caps players, media, fans and Coach Bruce Boudreau all spoke often about the need for the club to play a full 60-minute game, something they all freely admitted they were not doing. Thursday night, against a scrappy Atlanta team trying to earn the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals got that 60-minute effort, defeating the Thrashers 2-1 before a frenzied capacity crowd at Verizon Center. Defenseman Mike Green, who assisted on the Caps' first goal of the night, spoke after the game about the effort level and getting the job done. "It's been a while since we played a 60-minute game.  We've struggled in the first period the last few games, but tonight we came out strong.  It was important we got our first goal and usually when you do it lets everyone relax a little, you know, play the game properly." "It was a complete 60 tonight.  It was something we needed to prove to ourselves that we can do going into the playoffs." On playing—and beating—a team they could very well face in the first round, Green said, "It was important we got this win so they don't believe that [At ...

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