WASHINGTON — Adam Oates was still in his offensive heyday, a dazzling playmaking center, when he joined the Bruins via trade from St. Louis in February 1992. Now he has fewer than 60 days logged as the head man behind the Capitals bench, and his coaching touch, not yet the equal of his offensive handiwork, has improved since his club’s rocky start in January.
“We didn’t play good. We didn’t,’’ said Oates, 50, taking a couple of minutes to chat prior to his club pinning a 4-3 overtime loss on on the Bruins here Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. “There were some ugly moments and the guys were great about it, they really were.