The Washington Capitals offense has been less than stellar this season, and while Bruce Boudreau offers no apologies he does insist that his team is working on a plan to make the Capitals a better playoff team.
The offensive numbers are well documented from both an individual and team standpoint. Star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are on pace for career lows in goals and points but could they be sacrificing for the greater cause?
Boudreau has been poker-faced when answering questions about his teams lack of offensive production.
He's almost arrogant when telling everyone how sure he is his stars will come around. He has to know something, right?
Boudreau said, "Eventually they will start scoring again at the rate they are capable. If they learn to play defense and then they get the balance with the offense, our team will be in good shape."
After Thursday's win he commented, “It was a different situation where we didn’t have to come from behind, but people will complain that we only got two goals and we didn’t go for offense anyway. But I thought it was a great shutdown third period."
Notice the defensive theme in these quotes in comparison to the once high powered offense.
After last years disappointing first round exit he knew he would have to change some things and maybe we are beginning to see the fruits and patience of that labor.
Click forward to see the numbers inside a system that seems to be coming together.