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Center Jeff Halpern knew it right after the Washington Capitals picked up their biggest victory of the season Friday night against the first-place Florida Panthers: That was just one, and they couldn't afford a let-up.
It's been a week of drama for the Washington Capitals, from veteran Mike Knuble bristling at being a healthy scratch to former goaltender Olie Kolzig calling out captain Alex Ovechkin for letting his "rock star status" affect his play.
A broken-stick penalty, a six-on-three goal and a once-in-a-season kind of deflection. Those are the events that led the Washington Capitals into overtime and then a shootout and eventually a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
The last time Tim Thomas came to the District, his decision to skip the Boston Bruins' trip to the White House was front and center. He couldn't save himself from the spotlight and scrutiny.
Switching coaches on the fly in the middle of a season presents plenty of challenges. Dale Hunter has made changes to just about everything since taking over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 28 — perhaps none with more of a tactical difference than on defense.