Brooks Laich says that if the Capitals hope to snap out of their six-game losing streak, they’re going to need to play heavier hockey than they are now.
What, you may ask does that mean?
“I think we’re too much on the outside,” Laich explained after the Capitals’ 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the snow-covered VerizonCenter “I don’t think we’re fighting through a check or leaning on a guy and trying to get to an area around the net where we can get chances.”
During their 0-4-2 losing streak the Caps have scored just seven goals.
“Some guys are trying, but when you’re not scoring we need to be better,” Laich said. “Maybe they hook you, maybe they trip you, maybe they panic for a second and grab you. Worst case scenario is they don’t know where the puck is.”
Laich said that means physical players like himself, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera and Tom Wilson need to start using their size advantage to their advantage.
“Playing with a little more hustle, with a little more grit,” Laich said. “A little more will to win.
“If you’re not winning, there’s a reason you’re not winning. When you win it’s because you deserve to win, generally. And if you’re not winning, do something extra.
“We’re tired of talking about it, to be honest. Well done is better than well said. If you want to talk about it, go show it on the ice.
“Guys have tried. Nobody’s yelling and screaming in here. We have to prove it to our teammates, prove it to ourselves and the organization. We have to be better as players. It starts with our leaders and everybody else follows.”