For years, the Caps were the Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom show with a supporting cast that was good, but not good enough to get them deep into the playoffs. For much of this season, it looked like the team was becoming dependent on goalie Braden Holtby.
Last week, however, the Caps showed versatility with a pair of comeback wins. Down 3-0 against Tampa Bay on Friday, the team rallied after Holtby was pulled and earned a 5-3 win. On Sunday against the New York Rangers, the Caps found themselves down 3-1 after the first period, but again rallied for six unanswered goals to win it 7-3.
If you've been watching all season, you've seen a team that started off the season with dominant possession numbers, then they relied upon the spectacular effort of their star netminder and now they are rallying for come-from-behind wins thanks to a balanced offense.
All of this leaves us with the same feeling: This team is something special.
With a 24-6-2 record, the Caps are off to their best start ever and it is not the run and gun style of old -- these are not the cardiac Caps -- this is a balanced team that has shown it is capable of winning in a variety of ways.
With T.J. Oshie, the top line finally has balance, Evgeny Kuznetsov is emerging as a superstar on the second line, the defense is winning despite the prolonged absence of Brooks Orpik and the Caps are getting Vezina caliber goaltending from Holtby.
This team is scary good. The only question is how good will they look in the spring?