Washington’s Hunter hoping the wins start coming – soon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By almost any measure, Washington’s 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night was another like the ones that cost Bruce Boudreau his job.
The Capitals mustered just 17 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury. They had just two shots in the third period, and none in the final 5:32.
They are now 3-9-1 in their last 13 and have been held to one goal in six of the last nine games – this with noted sniper Alexander Ovechkin in the lineup.
But Dale Hunter, winless in his two games here as Boudreau’s successor, maintained on Saturday morning that his players did indeed work hard against the Penguins.
“You know, we worked real hard,” he said.
“When I watched the tape (Friday morning) – sometimes when you’re behind the bench, you’re in the game, and you ask ‘Did we work hard enough?’ – but I watched the tape and the boys worked their tails off.
“We were forechecking hard, hitting hard. We came out and played physical and we forechecked, and we really worked hard.”
He’s less certain about how long it will take him to make an impact. The Capitals are still above .500 (12-11-1) as they head into tonight’s game against the Senators.
But the sooner they start winning, the better, said Hunter.
“There’s not a timetable on it, but we need to win games,” he said.
“I see the guys getting better everyday. I suppose as a coach you’re always scared that they’re going to fall back a little bit, but they improved (Thursday) night and I expect them to improve again (tonight).”

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