With four days off before their next game, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz upped the competitiveness during practice Wednesday.
Trotz had the team’s top six play the bottom six in a short-ice scrimmage. And in an unlikely twist, the bottom six won. Their celebration was Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final epic.
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) January 3, 2018
I’m not sure what I’m more a fan of: the belly slide down half the ice or the group hockey hug which consisted of several Capitals players jumping up and down like Mark Messier after the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.
For the record, the top six consisted of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jakub Vrana, and Tom Wilson. The Caps bottom six features Lars Eller, Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly, Jay Beagle, Alex Chiasson, and Chandler Stephenson.
It goes to show you: talent only can get you so far.
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