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Caps Today 1/15

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in the second period on Tuesday against San Jose, marking his sixth point in his last six games (1/2-1/14: 3g, 3a). Dating back to last season, Alex Ovechkin has scored 56 goals in his last 67 regular-season games (3/14-1/14: 56g, 27a). The 6’3”, 235-pound forward ranks first in the NHL in goals (33), power-play goals (12) and shots (241), tied for second in power-play points (23) and tied for 10th in points (47). Ovechkin and the Capitals take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at CONSOL Energy Center.


Today, 3:45 p.m.: Greg Wyshynski, ESPN980

Thursday, 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.: Greg

Wyshynski, ESPN980

Thursday, 3:50 p.m.: Karl Alzner on LaVar & Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM

Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: John Carlson on The Drive with Cooley and Czabe, ESPN980

Friday, 8:40 a.m.: Brooks Laich on Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump 'n Chase: Caps Take on Penguins in Pittsburgh / Sharks Nip Caps in Shootout, 2-1

Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame / Brooks Laich Postgame / John Carlson Postgame / Nicklas Backstrom Postgame / Alex Ovechkin Postgame / Adam Oates Pregame / Two-Man Advantage / Rinkside Update: Karl Alzner / Brooks Laich Pregame

Washington Post: Sharks 2, Capitals 1: San Jose prevails in shootout to continue mastery of Washington / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin’s bad-angle goal against the Sharks / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates sees similarities between Joe Thornton, Tom Wilson / Capitals Insider: Philipp Grubauer set to start against Sharks

Washington Times: A better effort, but same result for Caps / Capitals Watch: Thoughts and Observations: Sharks 2, Caps 1 (shootout)

CSN Washington: Oates weighing options heading into Pittsburgh / Ovechkin scores another highlight reel goal / Capitals drop another in shootout, lose 2-1 to San Jose / Pregame primer: Caps hope to turn tide vs. Sharks / Does Tom Wilson have Joe Thornton potential?

Associated Press: Alex Ovechkin, face of Russian hockey, faces Sochi Olympics pressure / Sharks defeat Capitals 2-1 in shootout / Capitals-Penguins Preview Capitals vs. Penguins comes down to goalies / Rivalry Night Faceoff: Caps vs. Pens power plays / Tale of the Tape: Capitals face Penguins / Daily Primer Jan. 15: Capitals, Penguins renew rivalry / Capitals' formidable stretch begins against Sharks

NBC Sports: Ovechkin says Russia’s ‘mission’ is Olympic gold

SportsNet: Quick Shifts – Capitals Wish

Star Phoenix: Saskatoon boy has wish granted in Washington, DC

Leader Post: Video: Saskatoon child’s wish granted with ceremonial puck drop

WNST: Oates Pleased Despite Caps Shootout Loss

CBS Sports Network (Boomer and Carton): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

Headline News: On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

KIMT CBS (Rochester, MN): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

KLTV ABC (Tyler, TX): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

KMGH – DEN ABC (Denver, CO): On Braden Nienaber’s wish with the Capitals

KTMF ABC (Missoula, MT): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

WBOC – 16 CBS (Salisbury, MD): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

WHTM – HAR ABC (Harrisburgh, PA): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

WPIX – TV WB (New York, NY): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

WTNZ FOX (Knoxville, TN): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

WTVO ABC (Rockford, IL): On Braden Nienaber’s Wish with the Capitals

Capitals Voice: Ovi levels the score from an impossible angle

Ted’s Take: More on John Wall's All Star Season To Date / Our Plan is Your Plan / Rock The Red Wine / Fixing The Verizon Center Leak / Best Braden / SnagFilms To Produce Original Programming / A Quality Road Win Against the Bulls / Golden Globe Winner Elizabeth Moss

Japers’ Rink: Wednesday Caps Clips: Shark-Bitten; Caps @ Pens Game Day / Capitals vs. Sharks Recap: San Jose Steals One From Washington / The Noon Number: Early Feeding Frenzy

Recent Transactions

Jan. 11: Re-assigned center Michael Latta to Hershey (AHL)

Jan. 8: Recalled defenseman Connor Carrick from Hershey (AHL)

Familiar Foes - Tonight’s game marks the 202nd regular-season meeting between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington has faced Pittsburgh in more regular-season games than any other franchise in the NHL.

Back-to-Back Games – The Capitals complete their ninth set of back-to-back games tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center. Washington played the San Jose Sharks at Verizon Center on Tuesday. The Capitals have posted a 9-3-5 record in back-to-back games this season and will play in 17 sets of back-to-back games in 2013-14.

Penguin Punishers – Alex Ovechkin has earned 40 points (22g, 18a) in 32 regular-season against the Penguins and Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 25 points (1g, 24a) in 22 regular-season games against Pittsburgh.


Shots Fired – Washington has outshot its opponents 276-229 in its last eight games and has averaged 34.5 shots per game during that span (12/29-1/14). The Capitals have averaged 30.6 shots per game this season, ranking tied for 11th in the NHL. Washington captain Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal (241) and led the league in shots on goal in each season from 2005-11.

Ward Plays No. 400 – Capitals right wing Joel Ward is scheduled to play in his 400th NHL game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Toronto native has registered 164 points (67g, 97a) and 133 penalty minutes in 399 career NHL games and 65 points (27g, 38a) and 44 penalty minutes in 158 games with Washington.