Bruce Boudreau's seat is beginning to get warm for the first time since he became the Capitals' coach three years ago. His team has not only lost six straight games but has looked bad in doing so.
"We have to find a way to get out of this," Boudreau said.
Boudreau has always been able to motivate his players through tough times but the Capitals' current slide presents a unique situation. Their offense is in a slump as the Capitals have scored just eight goals during the six-game skid and have been held to zero or one goal four times in that span.
Boudreau employs a fast-paced offensive style that has been seemingly slump-proof until now. However, teams may be finding that the secret to stopping the Capitals is by blocking shots. The Canadiens did so successfully last spring when they upset the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Rangers blocked 17 shots last Saturday in a 7-0 rout.