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Game Notes at Anaheim, 3/12/17

March 12, 2017
LAST GAME
Los Angeles 4, Washington 2
March 11, 2017 * Staples Center * Los Angeles, California
Washington Goals: Jakub Vrana, T.J. Oshie
Shots: WSH: 19; LA: 22
Power Plays: WSH: 1-3; LA: 2-6
Three Stars: 1. Kopitar (LA), 2. Kempe (LA), 3. Ovechkin (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 7: Re-assigned Paul Carey to Hershey (AHL)
March 7: Signed Kris Bindulis and Hampus Gustafsson to entry-level contracts

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

CAPITALS MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
Daniel Winnik – Played in his 700th NHL game, March 7 vs. DAL

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
T.J. Oshie, missed 13 games (11/20-12/5, 1/9, 1/26, 2/24-3/2)
Andre Burakovsky, missed 12 games (2/11-3/11)
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: 39

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals complete their three-game California road trip on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. The game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season.

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
AUDIO
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
March 16
Nashville
7 p.m.
CSN, NHLN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
March 18
at Tampa Bay
7 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
March 21
Calgary
7 p.m.
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
* All times are Eastern

NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Duck Commanders – The Capitals have won five of their last six games against the Ducks and have earned a point in 10 of their last 12 games against Anaheim (9-2-1). In addition, Washington has won six consecutive road games at Anaheim. Alex Ovechkin has earned 20 points (9g, 11a) in 13 career games against Anaheim and the Capitals have posted an 8-1-0 record against the Ducks in games when Ovechkin earns a point. Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 15 points (5g, 10a) in 11 career games against the Ducks. He has tallied a point in nine of his 11 games against Anaheim and has recorded a multi-point game in five of his last eight games against the Ducks.

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Here to Assist – Kevin Shattenkirk earned an assist on Saturday at Los Angeles, extending his assist streak to four games (3/4-3/11: 4a). Shattenkirk’s four-game assist streak ties his season-long assist streak (2/6-2/11: 4a). In addition, Shattenkirk’s assist marked his career-high 46th point of the season (11g, 35a), passing his previous career high set during the 2013-14 season (45). He also sits one assist shy of tying his career high in assists in a season (2014-15: 36). The New Rochelle, N.Y., native ranks tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in points this season (46), tied for seventh in assists (35) and tied for eighth in goals (11). Shattenkirk is one of just five defensemen to rank in the top-10 in the League in goals, assists and points, joining Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Justin Schultz and Victor Hedman. He also ranks tied for second among defensemen in power-play goals (7), tied for third in power-play points (22) and tied for sixth in power-play assists (15).

Osh With the Most – T.J. Oshie scored his 26th goal of the season on Saturday at Los Angeles, tying his single-season career high (2015-16: 26). Oshie scored his 26th goal in his 54th game this season, 23 games fewer than he scored his 26th goal of the 2015-16 season (77 GP). Oshie is one of just 14 players in the NHL to score 26 or more goals in each of the last two seasons. He has earned 10 points in his last nine games (2/9-3/11: 6g, 4a) and ranks second on the team in goals (Alex Ovechkin: 27).

Holt-beast – Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.97) and shutouts (8) this season, ranks third in wins (34) and fifth in save percentage (.928). Holtby posted a 21-game point streak from Dec. 29 to March 4 (19-0-2), marking the third-longest point streak in franchise history, trailing Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (20-0-3) and himself last season (20-0-2). In addition, Holtby joined Pete Peeters (1979-80, 1982-83) as the only goalies in NHL history to post two single-season unbeaten streaks of 20 or more decisions. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native is one of four goaltenders to earn 30 wins in each of the last three seasons (Devan Dubnyk, Henrik Lundqvist, 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).

Starting Strong – Washington has posted a 36-7-4 record this season when scoring first and has scored first in 24 of its last 31 games (1/3-3/11). The Capitals have scored first in a League-leading 47 games this season and lead the NHL in wins when scoring first (36). In addition, Washington has outscored opponents 69-31 in the first period this season, ranking first in the League in first period goals-against and tied for second in goals. The Capitals also lead the NHL with 28 wins when leading after the first period (28-4-3).

Power Surge – The Capitals have scored 23 power-play goals in their last 28 games (1/9-3/11), posting a 28.8% power-play percentage during that span. Washington ranks eighth in the NHL in power-play percentage this season (21.3%) and has posted a 29-4-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal. Since Jan. 1, the Capitals rank fourth in the NHL in power-play goals (24), trailing Boston (25), Buffalo (25) and Toronto (25). Nicklas Backstrom ranks tied for sixth in the NHL in power-play assists (19) and tied for fifth in power-play points (25) and Alex Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth in power-play goals (12).

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
O From D – Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 58 of the team’s 67 games this season and have combined to register 145 points (20g, 125a). Washington has posted a 42-10-6 record this season in games when a defenseman records a point. The Capitals rank first in the NHL in assists by defensemen this season (125), third in even-strength points (112) and fourth in points (145).

Even Steven – The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals against (89) and goal differential (+63) this season and rank tied for second in 5-on-5 goals (152). Washington’s 5-on-5 goal differential is 25 goals higher than the next closest team (Minnesota: +38). 

On the Plus Side – Brooks Orpik ranks tied for fourth in the NHL in plus/minus (31) and Dmitry Orlov ranks tied for sixth (29).

Last We Met – The Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 on Feb. 11 at Verizon Center in the teams’ previous meeting this season. Six different Capitals scored in the game (Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, T.J. Oshie, Zach Sanford, Tom Wilson, Daniel Winnik) and Backstrom recorded three points (1g, 2a). In addition, Johansson (1g, 1a), Oshie (1g, 1a) and Winnik (1g, 1a) recorded multi-point games and Braden Holtby made 18 saves in the victory.

How The West Was Won – Washington has posted a 14-6-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season, including wins in nine of their last 13 games. The Capitals will play eight of their next 10 games against Western Conference teams.

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 (2.30) and power-play percentage (22.9) and rank second in goals per game (3.03) and tied for fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.5). In addition, Washington is 105-1-7 since 2014-15 when leading with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Back to Back – The Capitals will complete their 13th back-to-back set of the season on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Washington played the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday. The Capitals have posted a 14-8-3 record in back-to-back games this season and will play 16 back-to-back sets.
 
Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom earned two points (1g, 1a) on March 6 against Dallas, marking his team-leading 17th multi-point game of the season and 193rd of his career. Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom ranks fourth in the League in multi-point games and he ranks tied for ninth in the NHL in multi-point games this season. Backstrom scored his 21st goal of the season on March 6, 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). Backstrom has tallied 20 points in his last 18 games (1/31-3/11: 8g, 12a) and recorded a point in 22 of his last 30 games (1/5-3/11: 12g, 25a). Backstrom ranks third in the NHL in assists this season (46) and tied for eighth in points (67).

Another Gr8 Milestone – Alex Ovechkin has earned 25 points in his last 28 games (1/9-3/11: 9g, 16a). He ranks third in the NHL in shots (248) this season, tied for fourth in power-play goals (12) and tied for fifth in game-winning goals (7). In addition, he ranks ninth among forwards in the NHL this season in hits (185) and sits two power-play points shy of 400 career power-play points.

On The Road Again – The Capitals rank fifth in the NHL in goals per game (3.00) on the road this season and fourth in goals against per game (2.53). In addition, Washington ranks tied for 10th in road wins (17). Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned 27 points (10g, 17a) in 32 road games this season and leads the team in points recorded on the road and Matt Niskanen ranks sixth among NHL defensemen in road points (22).

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 (2.10) 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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