This season has been anything but expected for the Washington Capitals. After being one of the best teams in the NHL last season, they have found themselves struggling to get even the easiest of wins this season. Such was the case when they took on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday evening.
Florida came into the game just ahead of Washington in the Southeast Division. No one would have expected these two teams to be battling it out for the bottom spot in a weak division, but so far, that is exactly what has transpired. With both teams now sitting with 4 wins, underachieving comes to mind when thinking of words to describe what we have see so far.
When the two faced off on the home ice of the Florida Panthers, neither team looked as though they were there to underachieve and the Capitals pulled off the win 6-5 in overtime.
Washington had to battle back and erase a deficit several times in this game, and it shows the character of the guys on the ice. No one was willing to pack it in at any point and that should give them hope for the rest of the season. As was pointed out already, the Southeast is a relatively weak division so far this season, with the Carolina Hurricanes leading the pack with just 7 wins and a division leader low 15 points.
With the season shortened by the lock-out, a comeback will be hard for any team that falls behind to accomplish, but what the Capitals have shown in come from behind wins like this is that they are willing to fight. As long as they are willing to fight they stand a chance to get back into this thing. They may be in last place in Eastern Conference, but do not count the Washington Capitals out just yet.