If Capitals coach Barry Trotz wasn’t happy with defenseman Dmitry Orlov on Saturday night, he was even more ticked Monday night after another Orlov giveaway led to an opponent’s goal.
It ultimately didn’t matter, of course, because the Capitals used a three-goal third period to run away with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and their second Presidents’ Trophy in six years.
But Trotz quickly referred to Orlov’s backhanded pass in his post-game press conference and threatened to sit him on Wednesday night when the Caps visit the Flyers in South Philadelphia.
“We threw one pizza in the middle and it ended up in the back of our net,” Trotz said, referring to Orlov’s backhanded pass that was plucked out of the air by Rene Bourque, leading to Cam Atkinson’s goal with 1:54 remaining in the first period.
“That can’t happen. Those things are disastrous come playoff time.”
Orlov’s defensive decision making has become a hot button topic lately, not only in Capitals chat rooms, but in the team’s coach’s office. Asked Monday night about his patience with the 24-year-old defenseman, Trotz was succinct.
“I don’t have any,” Trotz said. “We will possibly make changes next game. I’m not guaranteeing that but it is possible.”
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The Caps looked to be in real trouble after blowing leads and losing in overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.
After two straight wins, however, Washington is in control against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the series returns to Washington, D.C. for Game 5.
On the latest eipisode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about what changed for the Capitals between Game 2 and 3, as well as resetting their series predictions.
And as always, they answer several viewer questions.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
Andre Burakovsky will be sidelined for the remainder of Washington's first-round series vs. Columbus, but he isn’t necessarily out for the remainder of the playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday.
Burakovsky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Capitals' Game 2 overtime loss and has not been on the ice since.
Trotz said the 23-year-old top-six winger needs “minor” surgery.
That procedure, however, will not preclude Burakovsky from returning to the Caps’ lineup in subsequent rounds, should Washington advance.
“That's why I said minor surgery,” Trotz added, asked if Burky might return at a later date.
This latest surgery is the second for Burakovsky this season. In late October, he had a procedure to repair a broken left thumb and missed the next 20 games.
Since his departure in Game 2, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson have taken turns replacing Burakovsky on the second line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.