There were seven minutes remaining in the third period Tuesday night and things looked bleak for the Capitals.
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-0 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night at Verizon Center:
Normally, when a team that's supposed to be near the top of the league standings is at the bottom, accusations fly. Angry glares are exchanged.
And fingers, almost always, are pointed.
Adam Oates needed the two points. More importantly, he needed validation.