What does it mean?
This time last week, the Washington Capitals were, as they have been for almost the entire season, in disarray. They had just dropped another disheartening game where they had been shut out, and had only managed to pick up one win during their season-long five game homestand.
Since that game, the Capitals have picked up seven of a possible eight points against Carolina, Tampa Bay, Boston, and Toronto. They seem to have energy again, riding the wave from a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against the Bolts, and they were on the gas pedal from start to finish against a Maple Leafs team playing their second game in less than 24 hours.
“It was a team effort. We got a shorthanded goal and we played good defense for the whole game,” said Dale Hunter. “We got a shutout because of it. When they did get through, we stood tall.”
Hunter is right about that. After being out of sorts for much of the last six weeks, even when they were winning games, the Capitals looked lik...