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Caps coach: ‘I’m worried about our start tonight’

May 10, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

Adam Oates AP

The assumption is that home-ice advantage often forces a road team to survive a tenacious first 10 minutes of game time, yet Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates told the Washington Times that he’s concerned about how his team will get out of the gate against the New York Rangers in Game 5.

“I’m worried about our start tonight,” Oates said. “We have to come out and have a good start and not let them feel that they’re into the game and do our best to neutralize them, and then we’ll be fine.”

Oates wasn’t thinking about his team alone. He made that observation in part because he believed the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t look great right off the bat in their own Game 5 against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

“Quite honestly, we talked about let’s not be tight,” Oates said. “I watched the Pittsburgh game last night, and quite frankly, I thought they were a little tight early. They got through it and they got into their game.”

“I’m a little bit worried about that. You’ve got your home crowd, which should give you life, but you’ve got to make good decisions with the puck. Let’s get it in, get our legs and get into the rhythm of the game.”

Oates told the Washington Times that he believes that strong or sluggish starts played a big role in all four games of the Capitals’ series against the Rangers so far, so we’ll see if that trend holds.

Friday’s Game 5 kicks off on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  1. JoeAvg - May 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    And for good reason apparently. 1 shot 1 goal.

    • polegojim - May 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Absolutely Joe – and Ovi does his best OVI FLOP to try and draw a penalty…

      And people wonder why some fans struggle with him???

      Plan the game like a man. Win like a man.

      • JoeAvg - May 10, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        Yeah, “he’s back” alright. Same old Ovi.

  2. REDSKINSFORLIFE - May 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    For the love of God I don’t understand why the caps got off to such a cruddy start. Still no energy in these boys. McPhee needs to think all defenseman when the draft comes around.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Why is ovechkin allowed to have that back padding flap in the wind

    • stakex - May 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Not sure what it has to do with anything in this story, but its because its part of his pants… and your pants don’t have to be covered by your jersey.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        Its annoying i know your sleeves cant be up at all it lets face it that pad dont do a thing it should not be allowed it looks beer league

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Its been covered since the post could it be the nhl monitors eiggles hahaha

  4. csilojohnson - May 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Pad pulls on front of collar. Can be annoying. The yellow laces though… Beer league..

  5. jtm12180 - May 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I usually don’t make posts like this, but Adam Oates is one friggin FUGLY dude…

  6. whammy71 - May 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Bad start??? Cause Craps and Rags are playing for nothing more than 2nd place in the East. So it really doesn’t matter. WHAMMY!!!

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