The Caps were down, 2-0, in the first round to Columbus (and needed to win Game 3 on the road in double overtime to essentially keep their season alive). Trotz, when asked, declined to offer an update.
Even if the Caps and Vegas Golden Knights put on a double-overtime show, the additional northbound train will leave an hour postgame regardless.
While it's highly likely that he's a step or two slower, he's always been a crucial guy for his National Hockey League teams, from his do-everything days with the Atlanta Thrashers to his impressive, too-short run with the New Jersey Devils.
The Capitals had lost Game 1 and lost team scoring leader Evgeny Kuznetsov to an apparent arm injury in the first period Wednesday, yet managed to kill a 69-second two-man disadvantage early in the third period.
"We were that close", Vegas forward James Neal said.
Kuznetsov suffered the injury on a hard hit by the Golden Knights' Braden McNabb with just more than five minutes to play in the first period. Former Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig said it was the greatest save he'd ever seen.
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"I don't know, but the more I am out there the better I feel with the puck, better flow in my game", said Eller, who had a goal and two assists in the win. Most of the Capitals reported better conditions during practice at T-Mobile on Tuesday - although the arena also wasn't filled with more than 18,575 screaming, sweating people.
"We don't have the last change, so you can match up what you want", said Gallant. The goaltender committed to Eakin, who fed the puck to Tuch. Anything they can put a jersey on, they've got a jersey on; statues, buildings, it's insane. "This group has had everything thrown at them and they just say, 'You know what?" "It's another layer of adversity that we have to go through all the time". The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series.
In the Washington locker room, Ovechkin struggled to find words. The grinding veteran forward with a 2009 Stanley Cup ring from Pittsburgh hadn't scored since February 26, 2016, adding up to the longest active goal-scoring drought in the National Hockey League.
A franchise that didn't exist a year ago was four wins (now three) from the Stanley Cup and a team that hasn't sniffed the Stanley Cup Final since America Online was the dominant internet service provider finally found their way back.
The Golden Knights were outshooting the Capitals 10-2 in the final period of regulation only to be denied time and time again by Holtby.
Islanders fans finally have some positive things to picture this summer, as Kovalchuk and Tavares could serve as enticements to draw each other to Brooklyn, while Lamoriello may very well improve the odds of one or more of those two things working out.