It took some time, but the Washington Capitals appear to have finally hit their stride.
Coming off their highest-scoring game of the year, the visiting Capitals look for a season-high fourth straight victory Saturday against a New York Islanders team hoping to bounce back from a heartbreaking defeat to its archrival.
Washington (10-11-1) scored four goals on its first eight shots in less than 8 1/2 minutes of a 7-1 win over Florida on Thursday.
"Of course, it's a little bit luck,'' Washington's Alex Ovechkin said of the early outburst. "But we need that kind of luck right now.''
The Capitals have won eight of 11 since a 2-8-1 start left them wondering if they had enough time to turn this shortened season around.
"We started so bad that it was a big hole to climb out of, and it didn't look good,'' defenseman Karl Alzner said. "We're just happy that we're winning games right now, and we don't want to be a .500 team.''
Though Washington still isn't in playoff position despite its...