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Washington Capitals Still Undefeated: 4 Reasons for the Hot Start

Paddy MillerContributor IIIOctober 26, 2011

Washington Capitals Still Undefeated: 4 Reasons for the Hot Start

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    The Washington Capitals are off to a seven-game winning streak in their young season. While the Caps have amassed impressive point totals in previous seasons, many are left surprised by this undefeated start.

    The season started out with a few wins in overtime and in the shootout, but the Capitals have been impressive as of late, including a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings their last time out.

    The Capitals are currently on the road headed to Edmonton to take on the resurgent Oilers. The Caps will try and defend their streak in the Mountain time zone on Thursday evening.

    Let’s take a look at a few of the main reasons why the Caps are off to this hot start.

Secondary Scoring

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    One of the factors that has been mentioned for the Capitals' recent lackluster playoff performances is something they have been receiving this October.

    While Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are predictably at the top of the Washington Capitals point list, the Capitals have received multiple and timely productions from lower-line players.

    Jason Chimera, Joel Ward and Mathieu Perreault all have multiple goals and are the type of players Washington needs to step up when the faucet goes out on the European goal machine at the top of the Caps' lineup.

    If this keeps up, the wins will also keep up in the Nation's Capital.

Goaltending

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    Tomas Vokoun is 6-0 with a .940 save percentage filling in for an injured Michal Neuvirth.

    While Vokoun would have gotten starts during that stretch even with a healthy Neuvirth, Bruce Boudreau has called on the newcomer to the Caps’ crease and he has come through looking better and better in each start.

    Strong goaltending is the hallmark to championship teams, and the Capitals have displayed this early on this season.

Work Ethic

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    While the Caps have showed inconsistencies with this in the past, the last few wins have been the result of hard work on a constant basis.

    Including dominating wins over the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals have shown the ability to put teams away rather than let them hang in the game as of late.

    Keeping this effort level come playoff time will play a huge part in unlocking the mystery that is Capitals playoff success.

New Heroes

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    It seemed as though every night you would hear Joe Benanati exclaim a late game-winning goal scored by either Ovechkin or Mike Green.

    Marcus Johansson has three of the Caps' seven game-winning goals this season. Defensmen Dennis Wideman and Roman Hamrlik both also have a game winner, as does Nicklas Backstrom in overtime.

    The Capitals cannot depend on the likes of Ovechkin and Semin night in and night out for their heroic moments. Along with secondary scoring, the Caps will need timely goals from their role players as well.

Keep the Wins Coming

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    Along with other things, these factors have been the biggest reason for the early success in Washington this season.

    While Ovechkin and Semin have not found the score sheet as much as usual, the team has gotten meaningful contributions from most of the roster in all different areas.


    Hopefully come spring, this start to the season is looked at as a reason to believe in the Capitals' eventual playoff success if they continue to play this way.

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