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Brouwer: Caps need to play desperate…but can’t make mistakes

Apr 5, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

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Troy Brouwer knows the Washington Capitals have to come flying out of the gate tonight versus Florida.

But he also knows they can’t fly out of the gate with their heads cut off.

“We need to play desperate, but at the same time we can’t make mistakes,” Brouwer said, as per the Washington Post.

“We better come out, we better have a lot of intensity, lot of desire; play very desperate and try to get an early lead and make sure that we’re taking care of the pucks as well. We can’t have turnovers; we can’t do too much and be too risky too early.”

To recap: Lots of intensity. But not so much intensity that it leads to mistakes. And push hard to get the first goal. Just don’t push too hard or mistakes will be made.

So…ever get the feeling the Caps have like zero confidence in themselves? Seriously, Brouwer sounds like a nervous guy before a first date.

OK, gotta be confident. Girls like confidence. But don’t be cocky. Girls don’t like cocky. Is this shirt too flashy? I don’t want to come across like a douchebag. Maybe I should wear something more conservative. But would I look too boring then? I think I’ll cancel.

And you wonder why Brooks Laich went on the radio and essentially guaranteed the Caps will make the playoffs. That’s what leaders do – they try to instill confidence in those around them.

But not too much confidence. That’s when mistakes happen.

  1. myrek2008 - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I am so happy you don’t hear nothing like those comments from Pathers players. Now is the time to finish this off! Let’s go Cats!!!!

    • velocirapist - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      wait wait wait. There are Panthers fans?

      • myrek2008 - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        Hehe!! Actually funny! Hope they put nice regulation time win today!!!

      • govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Of COURSE there are Panthers fans. They’re just under the tarps.

  2. danphipps01 - Apr 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    This is what happens when you spend the entire season flailing and imploding in every big game – sooner or later your own players don’t believe the team can win and it starts showing in the way they talk. He sounds like the Caps look – under a mountain of pressure and with no honest idea what to do to fix their problems.

  3. dagnats - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    i love the caps, but they give me no reason to believe in them, i think they lose this game…shocker, they’ll give up a lead…

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