The playoffs broke Nate Schmidt. (Photos: Amanda Bowen)
The Washington Capitals held their closing interviews for the 2015-16 season at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday morning. What many of the players noted should have been a big practice day to prepare for Game Seven, was instead a somber cleaning out of the locker room. The season-ending Game Six loss to the Penguins on Tuesday was still very fresh. None of the Caps were quite ready to pack up and leave, especially after winning the President’s Trophy as the league’s best team during the regular season. Literally every player looked sad and at times on the verge of tears.
The Caps’ Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, TJ Oshie, Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Mike Weber (wait, that’s what he really looks like?), and Nate Schmidt, were already clean shaven. Only those that typically grow a beard through the year held on to the playoff tradition through Breakdown Day.
Let’s take a look at all the players’ pained faces.