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Game Notes vs. Dallas, 3/6/17

March 5, 2017
LAST GAME
Washington 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
March 4, 2017 * Verizon Center * Washington, D.C.
Washington Goals: Dmitry Orlov, Nicklas Backstrom
Shots: WSH: 24; PHI: 31
Power Plays: WSH: 1-4; PHI: 0-6
Three Stars: 1. Backstrom (WSH), 2. Holtby (WSH), 3. Orlov (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 2: Signed Lucas Johansen, Mason Mitchell and Colby Williams to entry-level contracts
March 1: Recalled Paul Carey from Hershey (AHL) and re-assigned Riley Barber

CAPITALS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Daniel Winnik – One game shy of 700 NHL games
Marcus Johansson – One goal shy of 100 NHL/Capitals goals
Karl Alzner – Three assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists

CAPITALS MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
Kevin Shattenkrik – Earned his first Capitals point, March 4 vs. PHI

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
T.J. Oshie, missed 13 games (11/20-12/5, 1/9, 1/26, 2/24-3/2)
Andre Burakovsky, missed nine games (2/11-3/4)
John Carlson, missed six games (1/16-1/26)
Matt Niskanen, missed three games (12/9, 2/24-2/25)
Brooks Orpik, missed three games (2/24-2/28)
Lars Eller, missed one game (11/20)
Jay Beagle, missed one game (1/24)
Justin Williams, missed one game (2/1)
Total Man Games Lost: 37

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals conclude their three-game homestand on Monday against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. The game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
AUDIO
March 6
Dallas
7:30 p.m.
CSN, NBCSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 9
at San Jose
10:30 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 11
at Los Angeles
10:30 p.m.
CSN+
104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
March 12
at Anaheim
9:30 p.m.
CSN, NHLN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 14
Minnesota
7 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
* All times are Eastern

NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.89) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks tied for first in wins (34) and tied for second in save percentage (.931). Holtby is the only goaltender in the NHL this season to rank in the top two in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage (min. 20 GP). In addition, he is one of three goaltenders in the NHL to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Devan Dubnyk, Tuukka Rask) and is aiming to become the third goaltender in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10). Since 2012-13, Holtby leads the NHL in wins (169) and shutouts (28).

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Home Sweet Home – The Capitals defeated Philadelphia 2-1 (OT) on Saturday, extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 15 games (1/1-3/4) and their franchise record home 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 and lead the NHL in home wins. In addition, Washington leads the NHL in goals against per game (1.61) at home this season and ranks second in goals per game (3.48). Nicklas Backstrom leads the team and ranks third in the NHL with 40 points (12g, 28a) in 33 home games this season. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.69), wins (22) and shutouts (7) at home this season and ranks second in save percentage (.933).

Power Surge – The Capitals have scored 22 power-play goals in their last 25 games (1/9-3/4), posting a 32.4% power-play percentage during that span. Washington ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in power-play percentage this season (22.1%) and has posted a 29-3-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal. Since Jan. 1, the Capitals tied for first in the NHL in power-play goals (23). Nicklas Backstrom ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in power-play assists (19) and power-play points (25) and Alex Ovechkin ranks tied for third in power-play goals (12).

Going Streaking – Braden 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). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Holtby joins Pete Peeters as the only goalies in NHL history to post two single-season unbeaten streaks of 20 or more decisions. Peeters registered a 27-decision streak for the Flyers in 1979–80 (22–0–5) and a 31-decision streak for the Bruins in 1982–83 (26–0–5).

Seeing Stars – Alex Ovechkin has registered 11 points (8g, 3a) in 13 career games against Dallas and has earned a point in five consecutive games against the Stars (4g, 2a). In addition, Ovechkin has scored 21 career goals against Kari Lehtonen, tied for the second-most goals he has scored against a goaltender in his career (Henrik Lundqvist: 22). Nicklas Backstrom has earned 11 points (2g, 9a) in 11 career games against the Stars, including seven points in his last five games (2g, 5a). Justin Williams has tallied 30 points (16g, 14a) in 37 career games against Dallas, including nine points in his last 10 games (6g, 3a). T.J. Oshie has recorded 22 points (10g, 12a) in 25 career games against the Stars, including six points in his last five games (2g, 4a).

700 for Winnik – Daniel Winnik is scheduled to play in his 700th NHL game on Monday against Dallas. Winnik has registered 222 points (72g, 150a) in 699 career games with Arizona, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Washington. Winnik, who was drafted by Arizona in the ninth round, 265th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, will become the eighth player from the 2004 Draft class to reach 700 NHL games.

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Feeling Twenty, Too – Nicklas Backstrom scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday against Philadelphia, marking the second consecutive season and the fourth time in his career he has reached the 20-goal plateau. Backstrom is the fourth Capitals player to score 20 goals this season (Alex Ovechkin: 27, T.J. Oshie: 24, Marcus Johansson: 21) and Washington ranks tied for first in the NHL in 20-goal scorers (Chicago, San Jose, Winnipeg).
 
Getting Defensive – Washington leads the NHL in goals against (130), goals against per game (2.03) and five-on-five goals against (81) this season and ranks fifth in shots against per game (27.9) and penalty kill percentage (84.9). 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.

Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Saturday against Philadelphia, marking his second overtime goal of the season (12/7 vs. BOS) and sixth of his career. He 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. He ranks tied for second in the NHL in assists this season (45) and tied for seventh in points (65). Backstrom also ranks third in the NHL in assists since 2007-08 (522) and second among active players (min. 600 GP) in career assists per game (.729).

Finding A Rhythm – The Capitals are 30-2-2 this season in games when they have one day of rest and will play 44 games this season with one day of rest.

How The West Was Won – Washington has posted a 14-3-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season, including wins in nine of their last 10 games. The Capitals will play 11 of their next 13 games against Western Conference teams.

Hot Streak – 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).

Barry Good – Since Barry Trotz became head coach in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (145), points (316), goals against per game (2.28) and power-play percentage (23.1) and rank second in goals per game (3.04) and fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.6). In addition, Washington is 105-1-7 since 2014-15 when leading with 10 minutes left in regulation. Trotz earned his 700th NHL win on Feb. 28 against the Rangers, becoming the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 NHL wins. He ranks sixth in NHL history in wins (702) and seventh in games coached (1,424).

Another Gr8 Milestone – Alex Ovechkin earned an assist on Saturday against Philadelphia, marking his 25th point in his last 25 games (1/9-3/4: 9g, 16a). Ovechkin ranks tied for third in the NHL in power-play goals (12) this season, tied for fourth in game-winning goals (7) and fifth in shots (231). The Moscow native played in his 900th NHL/Capitals game on Feb. 25 at Nashville. Ovechkin recorded 1,020 points (552, 468a) in his first 900 career games, marking the second-most points among active NHL players through 900 games (Jaromir Jagr: 1,184) and the 23rd-most points through 900 games in NHL history.

Starting Strong – Washington has posted a 36-5-4 record this season when scoring first and has scored first in 22 of its last 28 games (1/3-3/4). The Capitals have scored first in a League-leading 45 games this season and lead the NHL in wins when scoring first (36). In addition, Washington has outscored opponents 67-28 in the first period this season, ranking first in the League in first period goals-against and goals. The Capitals also lead the NHL with 28 wins when leading after the first period (28-4-3).

Even Steven – The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (147), goals against (81) and goal differential (+66) this season. Washington’s 5-on-5 goal differential is 27 goals higher than the next closest team (Minnesota: +39). 

On the Plus Side – Four Capitals rank in the top-10 in the NHL in plus/minus this season. Brooks Orpik ranks tied for third in the NHL in plus/minus (32), Dmitry Orlov ranks fifth (31) and Karl Alzner and T.J. Oshie rank tied for 10th (25).

Great Goaltending – Braden Holtby earned his eighth shutout of the season on March 2 against New Jersey and the Capitals’ 11th shutout of the season (Philipp Grubauer: 3 SO), marking the most shutouts in a season in franchise history. Capitals goaltenders lead the NHL in goals-against average (2.01), save percentage (.927) and shutouts (11) this season. In addition, this season marks the third time in franchise history two goaltenders have recorded three or more shutouts, joining 1983-84 (Al Jensen: 4, Pat Riggin: 4) and 2011-12 (Tomas Vokoun: 4, Michal Neuvirth: 3).

MEDIA RESOURCES
The 2016-17 Washington Capitals media guide is available for download here.

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