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Postgame Notes, Stats and Audio, 3/4/17

March 4, 2017
Team Schedule
·         Tomorrow is a day off for Washington. The Capitals will hold a morning skate on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Player Notes
·         Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal in overtime, marking his sixth career overtime goal and second of the season (12/7 vs. BOS). Backstrom has earned 35 points in his last 27 games (1/5-3/4: 11g, 24a) and has tallied a point in 21 of those 27 games.
·         Braden Holtby stopped 30 of 31 shots to earn his 34th win of the season. Holtby has posted a 19-0-2 record with five shutouts, a 1.67 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in his last 23 games (12/29-3/4). His current streak of 21 consecutive decisions with a point is the third-longest in franchise history, trailing Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (20-0-3) and himself last season (20-0-2).
·         Alex Ovechkin tallied an assist, marking his 25th point in his last 25 games (1/9-3/4: 9g, 16a)
·         Dmitry Orlov has earned a point in three of his last five games (2/24-3/4: 1g, 2a). Orlov’s goal marked his 29th point of the season (5g, 24a), tying his career high (2015-16).
·         Matt Niskanen has earned three assists in his last two games (2/28-3/4: 3a) and 17 points in his last 22 games (1/15-3/4: 2g, 15a).
·         Kevin Shattenkirk earned an assist, marking his first Capitals point.
·         Tom Wilson led all skaters in hits (9).

Team Notes
·         The Capitals extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games (1/1-3/4) and franchise record point streak to 17 games (12/23-3/4: 16-0-1). Washington is the first team to post a home winning streak of 15 or more games since Detroit won an NHL record 23 consecutive home games in 2011-12. During its home-winning streak, Washington has outscored opponents 67-21 and posted six shutouts.
·         The Capitals have posted a 27-5-1 record at home this season.
·         The Capitals have posted a 31-6-4 record since Dec. 5 and have tallied a point in 27 of their last 31 games (24-4-3). In its last 31 games (12/29-3/4), Washington has outscored opponents 120-60, scored four or more goals 19 times and allowed two goals or fewer 21 times during that span.
·         The Capitals’ 95 points and 44 wins this season are the second-most through the first 64 games in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 47-13-4, 98 points).
·         The Capitals have scored 22 power-play goals in their last 25 games (1/9-3/4). Washington has posted a 29-3-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal.
·         The Capitals are 30-2-2 this season in games when they have one day of rest.
·         The Capitals have allowed two goals or fewer in a League-leading 42 games this season and have posted a 34-2-6 record in those games.
·         Washington has earned a point in 13 of its last 15 games against Metropolitan Division opponents (11-2-2) and has outscored opponents 59-24 during that span.
·         Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 349th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Capitals Postgame Audio
Nicklas Backstrom
Jay Beagle
Braden Holtby
Matt Niskanen
Kevin Shattenkirk
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz

Flyers Postgame Audio
Claude Giroux
Travis Konecny
Steve Mason
Jake Voracek
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol