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Caps Today, 4/7

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals play in the second half of back-to-backs tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tallied the 12th hat trick of his career on Saturday at Florida and since his rookie season in 2005-06, only Carolina’s Eric Staal (13) has more hat tricks than Ovechkin. His hat trick places him two ahead of Dennis Maruk for third on the Capitals’ all-time list in that department. Only Peter Bondra (19) and Mike Gartner (13) have had more hat tricks in a Washington sweater. Ovechkin has now recorded 14g-7a in his last 13 games and ranks tied for second in the league in goals.

Must Read/See/Hear Material Capitals Host Lightning in Key Southeast Clash

Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Panthers 4, Caps 3 / Caps Reach End of Southeast Road in South Florida
Monumental Network: Caps Postgame Locker Room 4/6/13 / Adam Oates PostGame 4/6/13 / Alex Oveckin PostGame 4/6/13 / Eric Fehr 4/6/13Matt Hendricks 4/6/13 / John Erskine 4/6/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 4/6/13 / Two-Man Advantage 4/6/13

Capitals Voice: Listen to the Final Moments Here: Caps Win 4-3 in Florida / Hat Trick Time for Alex Ovechkin, Caps Lead 4-0 in Florida / Caps Lead 3-0 in the Second Period, Ovie Does It Again / Caps Lead 1-0 After One in Florida Saturday

Washington Post: Capitals 4, Panthers 3: Ovechkin notches hat trick in win / Capitals Insider: Martin Erat injured against Panthers / Capitals Insider: Capitals can’t let Brooks Laich’s absence slow them down / Capitals Insider: Brooks Laich to miss Capitals’ game at Panthers

CSN Washington: Erat injured in Capitals victory over Panthers / Holtby a workhorse in rise of Capitals

NHL: Red-hot Capitals set to host Lightning / Ovechkin powers Capitals past Panthers

Associated Press: Lightning-Capitals Preview / Ovechkin leads Capitals over Panthers, 4-3 Ovechkin nets hat trick as Caps win third straight / Holtby’s been key in Capitals’ surge

WNST: Ovechkin Hat Trick Propels Caps Over Cats

Yahoo Sports: Marin Erat boarded by Panthers’ Gudbranson, leaves game with injury / NHL 3 Stars: Ovechkin scores thrice versus Panthers; Lundqvist stops 48
PennLive: Hershey Bears D Nate Schmidt talks about his pro debut: Video / Hershey Bears’ season attendance average surpasses 10,000
Capitals Outsider: Royals Take 2-0 Lead in Messy Game Two / Jason Chimera Joins the 700 Club

Recent Transactions
April 5 Signed Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette
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

Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day




Catching lightning in a bottle – The Capitals have won each of their last three home games against Tampa Bay and are 12-1-1 in their last 14 home games against the Lightning. Washington has outscored Tampa Bay 57-35 in that span.


Here to assist – Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to five games with three assists on April 6 at Florida and now has 1g-9a in his last five contests. Backstrom currently ranks third in the league in assists (33) after tallying 20 helpers in 19 combined games in March and April.


Southeast treat – The Capitals have compiled a 11-3-0 record against teams from the Southeast Division this season, the best record in Southeast divisional play. Washington has won its last five contests against Southeast Division opponents.


Fireworks – Only four players have recorded multiple 50-goal seasons since 2005-06. Alex Ovechkin has collected four 50-goal seasons during that time period while Steven Stamkos has two. Ovechkin has registered 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists) in 49 career games against Tampa Bay while Stamkos has recorded 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in 26 career games against Washington.

Green streak – Mike Green scored for the fourth consecutive game on April 4 vs. the Islanders and with his assist on April 6 at Florida has tallied 5g-2a in his last five contests. Thursday marked Green’s first goal spree of as many as four consecutive contests since he scored in four straight from Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2010, a period that included Braden Holtby’s first NHL win (Nov. 5) and first NHL start (Nov. 7). Green holds the NHL record for consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman (eight games).