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Aggressive forechecking resulted in goals. They stayed out of the penalty box, for the most part. Defenders deftly navigated the Panthers' forecheck. And goalie Braden Holtby jumpstarted the offense with a superb pass that resulted in a goal.
He changed up his lines again Wednesday in preparation for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This time Marcus Johansson joined Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer on one line, while Alex Ovechkin remained on right wing alongside Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro.
Simply put, the Caps have lost a lot early under new coach Adam Oates. They've played poorly and lost and played well and lost.
Through Sunday, they surrendered 12 of their league-worst 33 goals on the penalty kill, a 72.7 percent success rate good for 25th in the NHL. And their six power-play goals on 37 attempts (17.2 percent) is in the middle of the pack at 17th.
This one had all the makings of a Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins Classic. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma worried about Sunday's game being an afterthought with the Super Bowl hours later, but with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom all on the ice at Verizon Center, it was the center of attention in the hockey world.
Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers was no work of art, even though it was an improvement from some previous outings. The difference was that the Caps got a victory this time, 3-2 over the Flyers at Verizon Center.
Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as the Ottawa Senators battled back from a sluggish start to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday.
Alex Ovechkin is used to working with fellow skill players like Nicklas Backstrom and, in the past, Alexander Semin. But when the Washington Capitals step onto the ice Tuesday night at the Ottawa Senators, it's likely he'll again start on a line with grinders Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb.
After their performance in a humiliating loss described by Troy Brouwer as "pathetic" and several others as "embarrassing," the Washington Capitals are like any golfer who shanked a drive or any kicker who doinked it off the upright. They just want to play again.