The Washington Capitals stood at their bench, waiting for the hot lap around the rink to end before practice could begin on Wednesday morning. As is tradition, the team switched up the skater taking the first lap after a road loss.
Captain Alex Ovechkin had opened practice with a hot lap since Game 6 of the semifinals, when they eliminated the Penguins in Pittsburgh. But a Game 5 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning meant a new skater before Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals: their 55-year-old head Garry Gilliam Womens Jersey coach, Barry Trotz.
We had to change. We lost here last time, Trotz said after practice. I look at it real simply: They called my number. At this time of year, you’re all-in. I was ready.
Moments like this are symbolic of the Capitals’ approach to this postseason. A team that has been synonymous with playoff tension and dread is having fun out there, even as Game 7 arrives and with it a chance to play for the Stanley Cup.
Authentic Womens Josh Archibald Jersey It’s about having fun, keeping it light, forward Tom Wilson said. It’s a fun group. That’s just another example that you guys get to see.
Sweden is going for a third world title in six years.
Womens Tyron Smith Jersey Viktor Arvidsson led Sweden with two goals and goaltender Anders Nielsen made 41 shots for the shutout.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, the U.S. had a four-minute power play but allowed a short-handed goal by Magnus Paajarvi, who scored on a rebound after goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped Mikael Backlund on a breakaway.
Hornqvist stretched the lead to 3-0 on a power play, and Sweden underlined its control when Mattias Janmark made it 4-0 just 11 seconds later.
Arvidsson added his second into an empty net in the final period, and Adrian Kempe finished it off with the sixth. Sweden earned its ninth win from nine games in this championship.
The U.S. pressured in the opening period, outshooting Sweden 16-8 and 41-19 overall. But it was the Swedes who went ahead. Arvidsson knocked in a loose puck in the crease following a shot from above the right circle by Filip Forsberg.