So why have the Caps climbed back into the hunt for a fifth straight Southeast Division title with three straight victories?
The Caps know they have their work cut out for themselves in the remaining weeks of the regular season. Most of the heavy-lifting will come away from D.C.
Marcus Johansson breathed life into the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin took care of resuscitating their season.
Calling it a benching or matching lines is getting caught up in semantics.
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner got his wish Thursday night when the Winnipeg Jets dismantled the Florida Panthers with a 7-0 win in Winnipeg.