The week got off to a rough start and had a crazy finish for the Caps who continue to stay near the top of the Metropolitan Division.
The much hyped return to Madison Square Garden, the place where last season ended abruptly for the Caps, did not go well as sloppy play led to a 5-2 loss at the hands of the New York Rangers. The Caps returned home to hand the Boston Bruins their first road loss of the season and finished with a wild win over Toronto on Saturday night.
Here's the good news for the Caps. They were able to bonce back from another loss, a theme of the team this season, and showed a lot of resiliency against Toronto by tying the game not once, but twice in the third period after Alex Ovechkin's goal was disallowed after a coach's challenge.
The bad news, however, is that the Caps needed to battle back at home just to beat a struggling Maple Leafs team in a shootout. With the loss to New York, the Caps have now lost to arguably the two best teams they have played in the early season.
Also, despite their 10-3 start, the Caps are not climbing the standings but are merely keeping pace in the Metropolitan Division. They currently sit at second in the division, two points behind the Rangers and two points ahead of the Penguins. The Caps are 8-2 in their last ten games, as is Pittsburgh and New Jersey and the Rangers are not far behind at 7-1-2.
The division appears to be a bit more competitive than once thought. Despite one of the best starts in franchise history, the Caps have not been able to build an early cushion in the standings and instead remain in a crowded race atop the division.
The same cannot be said for Montreal who looks like they have not lost a step without star netminder Carey Price. They already have a 10 point lead atop the Atlantic and look like they will be among the top teams in the NHL all season.
After a horrendous start in Anaheim, everyone was wondering what was wrong with the Ducks. As it turns out, the only thing that was wrong was the month of October. After a rough opening month, Anaheim has won four-straight in November and Bruce Boudreau's seat is now feeling considerably less warm.
Even with their loss to the Rangers, are the Caps still among the NHL's top teams? Find out where all the teams stand in this week's NHL Power Rankings.