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Caps Today, 4/4/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals return home to host the New York Islanders tonight at Verizon Center.

The Capitals acquired forwards Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville at the trade deadline on Wednesday. Erat ranked tied for first on Nashville in points and led the team in assists at the time of the trade. Erat ranked second among Nashville forwards in time on ice per game (18:55) and tied for second among Nashville forwards in power-play time on ice per game (2:41). He was named an alternate captain for Nashville this season.

He ranks second in Nashville franchise history in career points (481), goals (163), assists (318), games played (723), game-winning goals (26) and ranks third in power-play goals (42). He recorded a career-high 58 points (19 goals, 39 assists) last season for Nashville and has eclipsed the 50-point plateau in five of the last six seasons. Erat entered the season as one of just 17 NHL players (including Mike Ribeiro) to have recorded 45 or more points each of the last eight seasons (since 2003-04). 

Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Clash with Islanders

Dump ‘n Chase: McPhee Makes Move For Erat
Monumental Network: George McPhee 4/3/13 / George McPhee on Capitals Report 4/3/13 / Adam Oates 4/3/13 / Nate Schmidt 4/3/13 / Mike Ribeiro 4/3/13 /Troy Brouwer 4/3/13 / Jason Chimera 4/3/13 / John Erskine 4/3/13 / Karl Alzner 4/3/13 / Monumental Today 4/3/13

Washington Post: Washington Capitals trade for Martin Erat, part with prospect Filip Forsberg / Capitals Insider: Martin Erat on trade to Capitals: ‘I just want to win’ / Capitals Insider: Capitals trade top prospect Filip Forsberg to Nashville for Martin Erat / Capitals Insider: Mike Ribeiro: ‘I don’t really see myself move or sign today’ / Capitals Insider: NHL trade deadline

Washington Times: Capitals deadline decisions make goal clear: Win now / Martin Erat traded to Capitals for prospect Filip Forsberg / Capitals notes: Matt Hendricks played through scratched cornea / Capitals Watch: Caps’ Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign or be traded / Capitals Watch: NHL Trade Deadline 2013: Waiting for McPhee / Capitals Watch: Caps’ Nicklas Backstrom ‘back to his game’ vs. Hurricanes

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Why the Caps traded top prospect Filip Forsberg / Capitals get winger Martin Erat in deadline deal

CSN Washington: McPhee explains decision to trade for Erat / Caps acquire Erat for Forsberg / Ribeiro: ‘I think we have a good thing going’ / Capitals racing against the clock / Capitals hand Hillen 2-year extension Islanders, Capitals battle for two big points / Ribeiro happy to be staying with Capitals / With Erat aboard, Capitals feel they can make playoffs / Predators GM disappointed at trading Erat / Capitals add Erat from Predators for top prospect

Associated Press: New York at Washington Preview

ESPN: GM McPhee: We weren’t going to be sellers / Capitals acquire Martin Erat Preds GM won’t ‘sugarcoat’ Martin Erat’s trade request / Trade: Caps acquire Erat from Nashville for Forsberg / Caps’ playoff chances up to 50/50 / Mike Ribeiro focuses on present with Capitals 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog: Resurgent Capitals Make Push Toward Playoffs

TSN: Several trades made just before NHL trade deadline (Washington Capitals mentioned)

PennLive: Hershey Bears add Milwaukee Admirals F Michael Latta in Washington Capitals trade
Hockey News: Barber a cut above
Ted’s Take: Sasha on Sasha Violence / The Death of Andy Kaufman / Caps Win Another Tough Road Game / Wizards Win Eighth In A Row At Home / Win Tickets To Special Screening of “42”

Recent Transactions
April 3 Acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for Filip Forsberg; Assigned Nate Schmidt to Hershey
April 2 Assigned Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek to Hershey; Signed Nate Schmidt; Acquired Joel Rechlicz from Phoenix in exchange for Matt Clackson; Acquired Dane Byers from Edmonton in exchange for Garrett Stafford
April 1 Assigned Philipp Grubauer to Hershey
March 31 Recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey


Injury Update
F Eric Fehr – day-to-day
D Tom Poti – day-to-day




20 again – Alex Ovechkin scored twice on April 2 at Carolina, including his 20th goal of the season. The only other active players to score at least 20 goals in each of their first eight NHL seasons are Jaromir Jagr (17), Teemu Selanne (11), and Ilya Kovalchuk (10, through last season). Ovechkin became the 36th player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in his first eight seasons in the league and becomes the only player to have scored 20 or more goals each of the last eight seasons (since 2005-06).


400’s – Nicklas Backstrom played his 400th career NHL game on March 31 at Philadelphia and with his four assists on April 2 at Carolina surpassed the 400-point plateau (402). Backstrom became just the 16th Capital to score 400 or more points with Washington.


An island by themselves – The Capitals are 13-4-1 in their last 18 games against the Islanders, 6-2-1 on home ice. In that span, Washington has outscored New York 59-49.


Streaking – Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to nine games (10g-5a) with two goals and one assist on April 2 at Carolina. It marks his longest run since a nine-game streak from Jan. 27-Feb. 11, 2010. Ovechkin is currently tied for third in the league in goals and tied for 10th in points.


Green going – Mike Green scored twice on April 2 at Carolina, his first two-goal game since Oct. 22, 2011 vs. Detroit. Green has collected four goals and one assist in his last three games.