Barry Trotz says he wants to see more from the Caps’ top line in Game 2 on Saturday night.
“Just be a little more impactful,” Washington’s head coach said after the morning skate. “They will. They are big, big time players. So, as the series goes along, they are going to have more and more impact. You see it in every series; when the game is on the line, they always are the guys that seem to step up at every level.”
Trotz added: “Game 1, [they] didn’t have the impact that we probably wanted. But they will. They will have impact in this series as they go along; they are too good a line.”
Indeed, Ovechkin and Co. did not factor into the scoring at even strength as the Caps rallied for a 3-2 overtime win Thursday night. Consider:
- Ovechkin attempted five shots, though only one made it on net in 19:52 of ice time, 3:35 of which came on the power play.
- Nicklas Backstrom finished with three shots (on five attempts) while winning just 42-percent of his 26 draws.
- T.J. Oshie put just one of his two attempts on net. He did, though, finish with a critical primary assist on Justin Williams' power play tally.
The trio matched up against the Leafs’ second line of Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown, particularly early on the game. The Backstrom unit also saw a steady diet of defensemen Jake Gardiner and Roman Polak.
As much as Trotz wants more production from his star forwards, however, he added that he's also willing to give them time to settle into a groove.
“We’ve played one game and we won,” Trotz said, asked to expand on the subject. “I think we’re making too big of a deal about nothing right now. Let’s let the series go on. Give ‘em a chance.”
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