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NHL pluses and minuses: Washington Capitals hit their stride
NHL pluses and minuses: Washington Capitals hit their stride

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + 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. + New York Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot, newly signed to a one-year, $1.45-million contract extension, led his team to its...

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