Finding a way to respond from demoralizing, soul-crushing defeats is nothing new for the
When they host the
Washington trails the top-seeded Rangers three games to two in their
"I think everyone's realizing that let's just get it out of our heads now," defenseman
"I think that we're all together; we all stand behind one another," Carlson said. "We're a team. ... and I think that's the most important thing for us — to get through a bad ending like that last game."
While the Capitals vie to extend their season, New York wants to avoid giving the seventh seed a chance to extend the series to a seventh game.
"We want to close it out. We want to get this over with," Rangers forward
Trailing three games to two in a seven-game series hasn't been a fortunate scenario for the Capitals, as they've advanced to the next round only two out of 11 times.
Washington was eliminated in six games six times, eliminated in seven games three times and won in seven games twice. The two victories came in 2009 against the Rangers and in 1988 against the
After playing 12 close games this spring, 11 of which were decided by one goal, the Capitals know they can give themselves an opportunity to win any contest and that they can bounce back from a loss. Washington hasn't fallen in consecutive games since late March and is 3-0 after overtime losses in the playoffs. The most recent example came when the Capitals followed up a heartbreaking loss in triple overtime to New York with a tenacious showing in a 3-2 victory in Game 4.
"You push, and the other team pushes back. That's what happens when there are two very evenly matched teams. And we're going to look to push back tomorrow," said forward
"I just think we control our emotions a little better. I mean, even when we win, we're not bouncing off the ceiling. It's more of a business atmosphere. And when we lose, we know we can bounce back."
Even rookie netminder
In the playoffs, Holtby is 5-0 with a .959save percentage after a loss. That drive is why Hunter said he isn't concerned about the 22-year-old's ability to rebound.