One noticeable trend in the first two games of the Capitals’ 2011-12 season is that it’s been the bottom six forwards who have carried the bulk of the offensive load contributing four of the team’s nine goals.

Particularly absent from Washington’s scoresheets, in, granted, a small sample size, is the presence of Alex Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin battles for the puck with Adam Hall of the Lightning. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t make any excuses for Ovechkin, who was the only player that did not take part in the morning skate Monday, when asked to assess the star left wing.

“I think he’s got a long way to go to get to where he wants to be — to be as good as he should be,” Boudreau said. “He’s our number one player, but he can be better. There’s no doubt about it.”