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Caps Today, 3/17/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals return home for the second half of back-to-backs to host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Verizon Center.

Four players selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft are scheduled to suit up tonight. John Carlson (27th overall) has tallied 87 points (21 goals, 66 assists) in 212 career NHL games with Washington and currently ranks tied for 13th in points in his draft class (as of Saturday). Cody Hodgson (10th overall), Tyler Myers (12th overall) and Tyler Ennis (26th overall) were all selected in the first round in 2008.


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Make a Quick Stop at Home to Face Sabres

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook 3-16-13: Bruins 4, Caps 1 / Hillen Back in Against Bruins
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 3/16/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/16/13 /Adam Oates Pregame 3/16/13 / Two Man Advantage 3/16/13 / Scouting Report: Boston Bruins 3/16/13 / Best of Monumental Today 3/16/13

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Bruins: Washington is bullied in fourth loss in five games / Capitals Insider: Bruins force Matt Hendricks into ‘joke’ fight / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin focused on playoffs, not 700th career point

Washington Times: Capitals bullied by Bruins in 4-1 setback / Capitals Watch: Capitals get into fight day with Bruins in Boston / Capitals Watch: Capitals get pushed around by Bruins, fall 4-1 / Capitals Watch: Jack Hillen returns from injury for Capitals at Bruins / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin brushes off 700th NHL point milestone

CSN Washington: Joe B: Rough day in Boston for Caps / Hendricks, Caps put up a fight in loss / Pre-game primer: Caps vs. Bruins

Associated Press: Buffalo at Washington preview
Ted’s Take: Another Home Win – John Wall!

Recent Transactions
March 16 Assigned Cameron Schilling to Hershey
March 14 Acquired Nicolas Deschamps from Toronto in exchange for Kevin Marshall
March 14 Acquired Chay Genoway from Minnesota in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014

Injury Update
D Mike Green – day-to-day
D Tomas Kundratek – day-to-day
D John Erskine – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day




The tip of the sword – Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for 48 points in 48 career games against the Sabres. Ovechkin has tallied 18 goals and 12 assists in 28 games, including three goals in 2011-12, while Backstrom has collected eight goals and 10 assists in 20 games against Buffalo.

Besting Buffalo – Joey Crabb and Jason Chimera have each posted nearly a point-per-game against Buffalo in their careers. Crabb has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in 11 career games against the Sabres with seven of those points coming last season. Crabb has tallied more points against Buffalo than any other team in his career. Chimera has recorded 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 14 career games against the Sabres, including two assists on Jan. 27. 


Club 700 – Captain Alex Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist on March 14 at Carolina for his 700 and 701st career points in his 579th-career game. Ovechkin became the third-fastest active player to reach the 700-point plateau, behind only Teemu Selanne (541) and Jaromir Jagr (557). Ovechkin also became the fastest player to reach 700 points since Peter Forsberg did so in his 549th game in October 2003. Ovechkin became just the third Capital (Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner) to record 700 or more points as a member of Washington and just the 22nd player to record 700 or more points in his first eight seasons. Ovechkin trails Bondra by just one assist for sixth all-time in Capitals history.


Quite a start – Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy made his NHL debut on March 5 vs. Boston and tallied his first career NHL point (an assist). On March 7 vs. Florida, Oleksy collected his first career multi-point game with two assists and led the Capitals in ice time (22:13) and blocked shots (4). On March 10 against the Rangers, Oleksy scored his first career NHL goal. Oleksy recorded a career-high in ice time, skating a team-high 27:55 on March 14 at Carolina and has led the team in ice time in each of his last two games.

Never out of it – The Capitals scored three un-answered goals in their 3-2 victory over Carolina on March 14, including two goals in the third period. The Capitals have outscored their opponents 25-15 in the third period since Feb. 1 and have won three games this season when trailing after two periods, trailing only Anaheim and Edmonton (four wins) in that category.