There was a much greater sense of urgency in the Capitals tonight, and that was a welcome sight after the events of last week on the road.
In years past, the New Jersey Devils won Stanley Cups with a dominating, suffocating defensive approach.
On the front side of a home-and-home set with the Devils, the Capitals had to go the extra mile for a victory.
A 7-4 loss in Vancouver was filled with all sorts of action. It was entertaining; it was sloppy; and just about everything else in between.