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Postgame Notes, Stats and Audio, 3/6/17

March 6, 2017
Team Schedule
·         The Capitals will practice at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

Player Notes
·         Nicklas Backstrom earned two points (1g, 1a), marking his team-leading 17th multi-point game of the season and 193rd of his career. Backstrom scored his 21st goal of the season, marking his most goals in a season since 2009-10 (33) and the third-most goals he has scored in a season in his career (10 seasons). He has scored a goal in three of his last four games (2/29-3/6: 3g, 1a) and tallied 20 points in his last 16 games (1/31-3/6: 8g, 12a). In addition, Backstrom has tallied a point in 22 of his last 28 games (1/5-3/6: 12g, 25a).
·         T.J. Oshie scored his 25th goal of the season and sits one goal shy of tying his career high (2015-16: 26). He has earned nine points in his last seven games (2/9-3/6: 5g, 4a).
·         Kevin Shattenkirk tallied an assist, marking his second consecutive game with an assist (3/5-3/6: 2a). He has earned nine assists in his last 13 games (2/6-3/6: 9a).
·         Brooks Orpik tallied his 13th assist of the season and Karl Alzner recorded his 10th.
·         Daniel Winnik played in his 700th NHL game. Winnik has registered 222 points (72g, 150a) in 700 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, is the eighth player from the 2004 Draft class to reach 700 NHL games.
·         Philipp Grubauer stopped all 10 shots he faced in relief.
·         Alex Ovechkin led all skaters in shots (9) and hits (4).
·         Matt Niskanen led Washington in ice time (23:00).

Team Notes
·         The Capitals 15-game home winning streak (1/1-3/4) and 17-game home point streak (12/23-3/4: 16-0-1) mark franchise records. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Washington’s 15-game home winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest in NHL history.
·         The Capitals have posted a 27-6-1 record at home this season.
·         The Capitals’ 44 wins this season are tied for second-most through the first 65 games in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 48-13-4, 100 points) and their 95 points rank third (2009-10: 44-13-8, 96 points).
·         Washington was 2 for 2 on the penalty kill and has not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games (2/28-3/6).
·         Washington’s 44 shots tied their season high.
·         The Capitals won 42 of 65 faceoffs (64.6%).
·         Washington outhit Dallas 22-13.
·         Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 350th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.

Capitals Postgame Audio
Karl Alzner
Philipp Grubauer
T.J. Oshie
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz

Stars Postgame Audio
Kari Lehtonen
Patrick Sharp
Jason Spezza
Stars head coach Lindy Ruff