Midway through last season, then-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau decided his team was incapable of winning the Stanley Cup by playing fire-wagon hockey. He completely changed the way his team played, implementing a defensive-oriented system designed to ultimately achieve playoff success.
Many factors contributed to Boudreau’s decision, not the least of which is probably organizationally-imposed pressure stemming from a widely-held belief that defense wins championships. Hockey observers the world over have preached the importance of this mantra since time immemorial, and after three consecutive playoff failures, Boudreau was forced to capitulate.
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