Back in September, several Capitals said their 2011-12 season would be judged not on the regular season, but how far they went in the playoffs.
Capitals coach Dale Hunter probably could have dusted off a tape of one of his own kamikaze net-crashing goals to illustrate his point.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are still a week away and already the Capitals and Sabres are trying to get inside each others helmets with a war of words.
Dale Hunter almost never announces his starting goaltender before a game.
If the Capitals have proven one thing this season its that they will not make things easy on themselves.