Barry Trotz spoke strongly after Tuesday night’s loss that his team needed to have a playoff mentality.
Through one period Thursday, it looked as if the New York Islanders received the message loud and clear.
By the second, the message was lost in translation.
The Washington Capitals deposited their final goal of a 6-3 win over the Islanders in the dying minutes of the final period, but the game was over in the middle third.
Things looked good after one, as the Islanders built up a three-goal lead with two of the scores coming from the bottom-six forwards.
So what went wrong in the second frame?