Caps’ owner Leonsis says team needs to stay focused

WASHINGTON — As the Washington Capitals prepare for their first series in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they’re considered one of the favorites to go all the way. But the team’s owner is hoping the players stay focused on the here and now.

“I don’t think we should ever mention the words Stanley Cup,” says Caps owner Ted Leonsis. “I think we should play one game at a time and not put any more pressure on us than is already on every team that makes the playoffs.”

The Caps enter the first round of the playoffs Thursday night at 7 with Game One against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“There’s a quiet confidence about the team this season,” says Leonsis, adding that the Caps are healthy and armed with diverse talent.

“We have a really good mix right now,” he says.  “I think we’re well-positioned to have success this year.”

And while General Manager Brian MacLellan told The Associated Press that “We’re here to win a championship; anything less than that is unsuccessful in my mind,” Leonsis won’t be that bold.

“We’ve been through this enough times to not get too excited,” Leonsis said. “You’ve got to play one game at a time, and one period at a time.”

Nick Iannelli

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