Capitals making steady progress 

February, 3, 2013
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Adam Oates AP Photo/Nick WassAdam Oates' Washington Capitals have had a slow start to the season.
WASHINGTON -- There was a moment during the Washington Capitals' 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night when Adam Oates could stop coaching. Behind the Capitals bench, he didn't need to remind his players what they had to do next within the framework of his system. They were doing it themselves.

"One of the most gratifying things last night was listening to guys speak on the bench so you don't have to," Oates said following an optional practice on Saturday in which few players exercised their choice to rest. "I really saw signs of that last night. Guys commenting on what to do next. The enthusiasm that that brings, which means obviously we're having a little bit of success."