Nic Dowd Gears Up for First NHL Playoff Run

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Posted April 4, 2019

(Caps Outsider)

Nic Dowd is one of a handful of new Washington Capitals this year who didn’t get to experience last season’s success, but will surely be needed for a legit shot at winning back-to-back championships.

Dowd scored his eighth goal of the season Thursday to help the Caps to a 2-1 win which clinched the Metropolitan Division.

“As a whole, the season’s been great, obviously a great group of guys, and I learned a lot coming to a new organization, and it’s a real privilege to be a part of it,” Dowd said after the game. “I’m excited for playoffs.”

Coach Todd Reirden expressed the importance of scoring goals like the one Dowd scored as playoffs near, emphasizing that “rush plays dry up,” as teams find ways to lock down the skilled players from their common fast-break goals, while relying off of the 3rd and 4th liners to grind one out, with forechecking and creating turnovers.

In 63 games this season, Dowd has already matched a career high in points with 22, but more importantly, it will be the first time he’ll be playing in the NHL playoffs. Yet, being the new guy doesn’t change anything for him as he’ll be battling along with last season’s Stanley Cup winners .

“I don’t think there’s any pressure because they’re the defending champs, I think there’s pressure because it’s the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it’s going to be filled with big moments.”