Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the
+ It took a while for the Washington Capitals to adjust to new Ccoach Barry Trotz, but they've hit stride and extended their point streak to 7-0-2 after a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. People are still talking about the dazzling goal by Alexander Ovechkin in the previous victory, 4-0, over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He dodged two defenders and put the puck through his own legs before slicing a backhander past goaltender Cory Schneider.
+ That's perseverance: After 14 professional seasons goaltender Rob Zepp made his NHL debut Sunday, summoned by the
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