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The Capitals' vaunted offense has been scoring by the truckload through the first seven games, but more importantly, the team has been getting contributions from all four lines, night in and night out.
In the past, for the Caps to have scored 30 goals in seven games, it usually meant that Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin would have to had put up at least five goals a piece, but that's not the case this season.
Though Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin have been contributing, with 23 points combined, the Caps have scored by committee, which is a very positive sign for Bruce Boudreau's coaching staff.
The third line of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward has been the team's most dominant unit in the defensive zone, and they've proved to be more than capable of chipping in offensively as each member of the line has four points thus far.
After Marcus Johansson was scratched from the lineup for the team's season opener, the second-year pivot has racked up four goals in six games, indicating Boudreau was successful in sending a message to the talented Swede. He's proved to be more than capable of filling the role of second-line center, and his running mates in Semin and Mike Knuble have benefited from his elevated play.
Though the Caps' talent on their top three lines is ultimately what sets them apart from other teams, their fourth line has been everything a coach could hope for, and then some. Jeff Halpern, Mathieu Perreault and Matt Hendricks have all been playing solid defensive hockey, while posting some impressive offensive numbers. Who would have thought that Perreault would be a point-per-game player five games in?
What's even more encouraging than the number of goals the Caps have scored is how they've scored them. While they've had a couple of highlight-reel tallies, the majority of the team's goals have come by crashing the net, creating screens and just generally making life difficult for opposing goalies, which is something the Caps have struggled to do in the past.
The Capitals' offense is firing on all cylinders and getting goals from every corner of the lineup. It's scary to think about how dangerous their offense will be when Ovechkin and Semin heat up, though, it appears the team will be just fine even without a 40-goal season from either of their Russian stars.