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Caps Today, 3/18/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals are off today and will hold a morning skate on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The Capitals are now 12-2-0 this season when scoring three or more goals, following their 5-3 win over Buffalo last night. Alex Ovechkin's goal 0:19 into the game is the fastest goal scored to start a game for the Capitals this season, and the fastest goal scored to start a game in Ovechkin’s career (previous was 0:26 seconds, courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

The Capitals scored goals 0:43 seconds apart in the second period, the fastest back-to-back goals scored by Washington this season. The Capitals scored three goals on four shots in 5:22 during the second period.


Upcoming Media
Tuesday, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, ESPN 980 AM
Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook 3-17-13: Caps 5, Sabres 3

Capitals Voice: Capitals Win 5-3 Over Buffalo, Listen to the Final Moments Here / Caps Pouring it on Against Buffalo, Listen to the Goals Here / Listen to Alex Ovechkin Score 19 Seconds Into Sunday’s Game / Chatting with Adam Oates, with Buffalo in Town Sunday / Steve Oleksy: Greatest American Hero (Really!)
Monumental Network: Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/17/13 / Adam Oates Postgame 3/17/13 / Sabres Postgame Locker Room 3/17/13 / Ron Rolston Postgame 3/17/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 3/17/13 / Brooks Laich 3/17/13 / Braden Holtby 3/17/13 / Matt Hendricks 3/17/13 / Two-Man Advantage 3/17/13

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Sabres; Three goal, six-minute stretch propels Washington to 5-3 win / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Steve Oleksy, Steve Ott and the fight that wasn’t / Capitals Insider: Jason Chimera snaps 27-game goal scoring drought / Capitals Insider: Matt Hendricks on fighting the Bruins / Capitals Insider: Brooks Laich nearing return from groin injury / Capitals Insider: Tomas Kundratek tests right leg, Braden Holtby to start against Sabres / Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals take long road trips while circus and NCAA tournament come to town

Washington Times: Capitals seize opportunity, beat Sabres / Matt Hendricks’ value to Capitals on rise as gloves drop / Capitals Watch: Steve Ott antics tick off Steve Oleksy and Caps / Capitals Watch: Capitals take care of business by beating Sabres / Capitals Watch: Jason Chimera ends goal-scoring drought / Capitals Watch: Capitals vs. Sabres: Jack Hillen earns promotion / Capitals Watch: Adam Oates: Mike Green could play on Caps’ road trip / Capitals Watch: Matt Hendricks talks about fending off, fighting Bruins / Capitals Watch: Brooks Laich nearing return from groin injury / Capitals Watch: Capitals morning skate: Tomas Kundratek tests right leg

Washington Examiner: Fast, furious scoring burst turns into victory for Capitals / Loose Pucks: Caps 5, Sabres 3: Five Observations

CSN Washington: Caps start ‘biggest week’ with a win / Capitals-Sabres instant analysis /Caps say Ott broke fighter’s code / Are Laich, Green ready to let loose / Joe B: Holiday Win for Washington / Healthy Hillen ready to go for Caps / Hendricks: Fighting ‘part of the job’

NHL: Second period sparks Caps in win over Sabres

Associated Press: Capitals end scoring slump in a 5-3 win vs. Sabres

Hockey News: Tomas Kundratek

Vernon Morning Star: Capital gains for Volpatti

WNST: Frankovic: Caps Follow Ovechkin’s Lead to Victory

Ted’s Take: Syracuse Wins in OT / Beat in Boston / For Wizards, Some Goals Being Met

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