Thought I would add my $.02 on the "bad win" against the Canadiens.
We've come a loooooong way, baby. Remember where this club was as recently as three years ago? They constantly got pinned in their own end for extended stretches of time, completely unable to get the puck out of their zone, let alone generate much offense.
When you reviewed rosters, the Caps almost never had the best player at any one position. Contrast that with the present, where the Caps routinely have the best 3-4 players on the ice at any one time.
Or you can go back even further in time, when Pat Peake and Mike Ridley (et al) were outworking the opposition in the regular season, but unable to raise their games in the playoffs.
Now we as fans have the collective luxury of bitching about style points. That's so awesome I can't even begin to tell you...
As for tonite, here's what I expect: another humdrum effort against a bad team, and another win. Why? Because they can. It's a long season, and there's just no way to play max-effort for 82 games. When they need to, they'll score. When they need to, they'll play just enough defense. That is good enough for me, and so much better than the frustration of being on the other end of the stick.