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Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Capitals 'need to win the right way'

The Washington Capitals know they haven't played their best hockey. But after going 3-1 through their first week of the 2010-11 season, they're also rather pleased that even though some games weren't perfect, they still found a way to win. The key between taking the glass half full or half empty is balance.

"We had that last year and the year before. Some games we aren't playing as good and we have to find other ways to win, but it's not going to happen every game," Nicklas Backstrom said. "Especially at the beginning of the season, we have to focus on doing the right things to win. We need to win the right way."

Coach Bruce Boudreau talked about the team's mentality Thursday, a day that featured nearly perfect attendance at an optional practice.

"They're happy with the results but not completely satisfied with their play, and usually two things happen when that happens," said Boudreau, who added that the team would have a "really good practice" Friday. "You either think things are going great and you end up going downhill and it's hard to get out of the funk. Or you start pushing them harder and because we're not where we want to be."

One of those little things the Capitals are looking to improve upon is their work in the faceoff circle, where Washington hasn't experienced its usually success early.

Sheldon Souray may make his debut with the Bears against Binghamton Friday, while Hershey prepares to raise its latest championship banner Saturday.

The RMNB group debuts a new Hershey-flavored blog: Sweetest Hockey on Earth

CSN's Corey Masisak on John Carlson still being a work in progress.

USA Today's Kevin Allen lists his top-15 rookies, with Carlson leading the pack.

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