LISTEN: Capitals Coach Barry Trotz Is 'Calm and Confident' Ahead of Series with Lightning

May 10, 2018
Head Coach Barry Trotz Washington Capitals

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By Erin Thibeau

Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz made time to talk to Tommy and Jen of The Tommy Show on Thursday before catching his flight to Tampa for the Eastern Conference Final.

As the Caps prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team is "pretty calm and confident," Trotz says; there's a "businesslike quality to our group, but at the same time we're enjoying it."

"I think after Game 3 we've had the same demeanor right through, so I really don't feel – and I don't think the group feels – any difference about Tamba Bay than we did about Pittsburgh," he continued. "We know they're very deep in every position, and we're gonna go after 'em."

He also touches on how it felt to celebrate that dramatic overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins"In that moment we all recognized that that was a big weight off of a lot of the core players' shoulders," the coach says, but it was also "a team commitment. There was a lot of young guys that haven't gone through this experience, and we did it with some of our star players out."

"Something that was an obstacle, or felt like an obstacle for years, now is maybe a building block, and maybe that's how we're looking at it a little different," he says.

And the Pittsburgh fans didn't make it easy. "When you're in their building they let you know it," Trotz laughs.

Trotz has had to miss out on a few big events during playoff season, like Best Buddies Prom. "It's one of my favorite days of the year," he tells Tommy. "I know how much that organization affects the lives of so many people" 

"My son looks forward to it every year." he says. (Tommy, who hosted the event, can verify Nolan was tearing it up on the dance floor.)

So how can fans best support Trotz and the Caps during this stressful time? "Give us positive vibes, cuz we can feel the negative ones; trust me."

Listen to the full interview below:

Watch the Caps take on the Lightning in the series opener on Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Follow along with coverage of the Eastern Conference Final at sister station 106.7 The Fan.

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