Bruce Boudreau was happy to beat the Senators on Saturday night. He wasn’t about to bash his team for an ugly second period and a generally uneven game. Sometimes, two points are two points.
“We’re the only team right now that’s 4-0,” Boudreau said. “So it’s a tough league.”
That distinction was valid until, oh, about a half-hour after Boudreau’s postgame press conference wrapped up. At that point, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild in overtime, joining the Capitals in the very exclusive 4-0-0 club. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only other team without a loss of any kind, at 3-0-0.
It’s something to be proud of – not losing a game so far – even if the Caps haven’t played their best hockey. As Boudreau pointed out Saturday morning, sometimes there’s too big an emphasis from fans and from those in hockey about winning pretty.
To quote the late Al Davis, “Just win, baby.”
The Caps have won, though they recognize that being unbeaten this time of year isn’t the end-all, be-all.
“We’ve won the games. We’ve come away with points,” right wing Mike Knuble said “You want to play well in October, but you don’t need to be playing your best. You always want to have things to work on, and I think we do as a group.”
Those things include, “pretty much everything,” in the words of Nicklas Backstrom.
For what it’s worth, the Red Wings come to town Saturday.
More in Monday’s edition of The Washington Times.