Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom reunited for Caps, and it feels so good
Coach Barry Trotz switches back to a tried and true line, and it results in a 5-2 win over Ottawa.
“I don’t think there was any doubt. We understand each other, how we have to play. Obviously, we played [together] a long time. I think it worked out perfectly today. I think [Kuznetsov’s] line was good and then ours was good.” – Alex Ovechkin
“We needed that. It wasn’t working the way we had played, so I’m sure the coaching staff felt that way, and they wanted to switch things up.” – Nicklas Backstrom
“We were talking about putting [Backstrom and Ovechkin] together. The
line that is used is, ‘If you love something, you set it free. If it
comes back, it was meant to be.’ One of the guys gave me that one.” – Barry Trotz
“That’s something they’ve developed over a long time, and just naturally, their skill sets complement each other. I think they’ve been with each other so long that it’s just instinct now of where the other one is going to be, what areas of the ice they look for. They read well off each other because they’ve been together for a long time. No surprise that they got on the board.” – Matt Niskanen