"I don't think [the Caps are] worried about, at any point in the game, about defending -- they're thinking about scoring the next goal."
-- Ron Wilson, Toronto Maple Leafs Coach
That observation came after last night's 6-3 Leafs win over the Caps. It betrays an inconvenient truth. If the Caps don't score -- a lot -- they don't win, at least not with any regularity.
The Caps have seven losses in regulation this year. In all of them they scored three or fewer goals. They have shown a lack of ability to prevail in close, low-scoring games. Their overall record in games in which they score three goals or fewer is 6-7-4.
Having to outscore their own defense is not a long-term strategy for success.