Over the course of the next four months there will be days Dale Hunter needs to convince his players that his suffocating trapping system not all work and no play.
It might have been humiliating at the time, but Mike Knuble can laugh about it now.
When Dale Hunter took over as Capitals coach, he knew his greatest challenge would be getting Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin to play the same way as Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera.
These Capitals sure can be maddening. After a hard fought (albeit ugly) win in Winnipeg, the Caps come right back and lay an egg in Colorado, losing to the youngest team in the NHL.