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Caps Today, 3/24/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals conclude a season-high, four-game road trip tonight against the Rangers in New York.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice on March 22 at Winnipeg and has collected seven points (three goals, four assists) during his current five-game point streak. Ovechkin ranks tied for seventh in the league in goals and leads the league in power-play tallies (10). Washington’s captain has recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assist) in 12 games during the month of March.


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Close Out Trip, Season Series with Rangers in New York

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook 3-22-13: Caps 6, Jets 1 / Ten Spot

Capitals Voice: Caps Complete A Much Needed Sweep Of The Jets Friday / Caps Rolling In Winnipeg With A 4-0 Lead In The Second Period / Listen To Laich And Brouwer Score In The 1st, Caps Lead 2-0 After One / Chatting With Troy Brouwer, As Caps Prepare For Round Two In Winnipeg / Your Capitals Minute For Friday, March 22
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 3/22/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 3/22/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 3/22/13 / Braden Holtby Postgame 3/22/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 3/22/13 / Alex Ovechkin 3/22/13 / Brooks Laich 3/22/13 / Braden Holtby 3/22/13 / Two-Man Advantage 3/22/13 / Best of Monumental Today 3/23/13

Washington Post: Washington Capitals face New York Rangers hoping to build on success in Winnipeg / Capitals vs Jets: Washington trounces Winnipeg to sweep back-to-back games / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby unfazed by potential goaltender equipment changesCapitals Insider: Joey Crabb clears waivers, assigned to Hershey / Capitals Insider: Capitals capture four points in Winnipeg, sweep back-to-back games against Jets / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby to start again against Jets / Capitals Insider: The problem with the Capitals’ power play / Capitals Insider: Capitals need to replicate winning performance against Jets

Washington Times: Predictability not a problem for Caps power play / Joey Crabb clears waivers, Caps send him to Hershey

Washington Examiner: Getting right: Adam Oates’ decision to move Alex Ovechkin from the left side has the star back on track

CSN Washington: Crabb clears waivers, heading to Hershey / Caps sweep through Winnipeg / Instant analysis: Capitals 6, Jets 1 / Sudden thoughts: Vintage Ovi the difference / Caps slow the Hurricanes’ stride / DART 4-Pack of fan questions – 3/22

NHL: Capitals look to gain more ground against Rangers / Capitals rout Jets to complete two-game sweep

Associated Press: Capitals-Rangers Preview / Ovechkin, Caps pound Jets 6-1
Ted’s Take: Tough End To Georgetown’s Season / Back In The Hunt / Old Vs. New / Progress? Did Somebody Say Progress? / A Son’s Touching And Real Story / Like Going To Film School / 4-0 Win In First Of Back-To-Back Games / Eagles Tour Coming To Verizon Center

Recent Transactions
March 23 Assigned Joey Crabb to Hershey
March 18 Recalled Dmitry Orlov from Hershey
March 16 Assigned Cameron Schilling to Hershey

Injury Update
D Tomas Kundratek – day-to-day
D John Erskine – day-to-day
D Tom Poti – day-to-day




Coming in waves – 14 of Washington’s 18 skaters picked up at least a point on March 22 at Winnipeg, including five of the Capitals’ six defensemen. No Caps player was a minus player in the game; 14 players earned plus ratings while four were even. Steven Oleksy and Brooks Laich led the way at plus-3 each. Five different players tallied goals for Washington.


Telling trends – The Capitals are 14-2-0 when they score three or more goals in a game this season. Washington has gone 13-6-1 when allowing three goals or less. The Capitals own a 12-2-0 record when not allowing a power-play goal and have gone 10-1-0 when scoring with the man advantage and not allowing a power-play goal.

Lots to Laich – Brooks Laich returned to the lineup on March 19, making his season debut, and skated 12:51 while recording one shot on goal, three hits and a blocked shot. Laich added his first assist of the season on March 21 at Winnipeg and added his first goal of the season the following night, also against Winnipeg. Prior to this season, Laich had only missed four games in five seasons combined (all coming in 2009-10). He ranks 19th all-time in games played with Washington (559) and 23rd in points (280).


March forward – Braden Holtby has posted a 6-3-0 record with a 1.88 goals-against average, a .940 save percentage and two shutouts in nine games played during the month of March. He recorded his 12th win of the season on March 22 at Winnipeg, extending a career-high for wins in a single season. Holtby won 10 games in 2010-11 and is one of just four goaltenders (Jim Carey, Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov) in Capitals history to post two or more seasons of 10 or more wins at the age of 23 or younger. Holtby’s 26 career wins rank him sixth in Capitals history among goaltenders originally drafted by Washington.

Helping hands – Mike Ribeiro has collected nine points (four goals, five assists) during his current five-game point streak and ranks tied for fourth in the league in assists. Nicklas Backstrom is also riding a five-game point streak, having recorded one goal and five assists in his last five games. Backstrom ranks tied for seventh in the league in assists.