Washington playing with greater passion

The Capitals appear to be enjoying the game more under new head coach Glen Hanlon.

Updated: December 12, 2003, 12:16 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
New Washington head coach Glen Hanlon has already produced three things that the fired Bruce Cassidy failed to get out of the Capitals very often this season: hard work, scoring and a victory.

"I hadn't seen that much energy before a game all season," winger Peter Bondra, who scored once in the Capitals' 6-5 victory over Boston on Thursday night, told The Washington Post.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm. Glen said all the right positive things [at a meeting]. And we responded well," goalie Olaf Kolzig told The Post. "Now it's on the players to perform. It's on us. We have enough leaders in this room to help him."