With the Caps down 2-0 to the Penguins int he second round, Kevin Shattenkirk was a minus 7 in the playoffs.
At the time, Barry Trotz said that Shattenkirk was doing some "really good things offensively" but that he's been "mooring that third pairing for us."
Shattenkirk said before Game 3 that he knew he hadn't been playing well enough and that he had to return to having "fun" on the ice. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
He said that he realized he wasn't enjoying things the right way and said "we're professionals but we're still playing the game that we love, and I think this is a great opportunity for me tonight to just go out there, enjoy the atmosphere, not think and just play. That's when I'm at my best."(CSN Mid-Atlantic)
Shattenkirk scored the Game Winner in OT during Game 3 and had 1 goal, 2 assists, 12 shots on goal and an average of 17:13 per game through the rest of the series. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
Trotz said that Shattenkirk went into "reset mode," started moving his feet and making the right plays. (CSNMA)
Trotz added, "He's not trying to force things. I think was trying to force some things that weren't there. He was not playing that game that was presented to him." (CSNMA)