“They’ve just got to be better.”
Those were the first words out of the mouth of Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz during his pregame gaggle with reporters on Saturday morning. Trotz was speaking about the Washington Capitals’ current first-line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Devante Smith-Pelly.
Tonight, the Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of their second-round playoff battle. The series is locked at two games apiece. The Caps cannot afford the performance the top trio turned in on Thursday in Pittsburgh, a 3-1 loss for Washington that evened the series. But those three skaters will remain lined up together to start Saturday’s critical game.
“We have to be better everywhere,” Kuznetsov said after the morning skate.