· Tomorrow is a day off for Washington. The Capitals will hold a morning skate on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
· Nicklas Backstrom earned three assists, marking his third three-assist game of the season and 34th of his career. Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom leads the NHL in three-assist games (34). Backstrom has earned 24 points in his last 20 games (1/31-3/14: 8g, 16a) and has recorded a point in 24 of his last 32 games (1/5-3/14: 12g, 29a).
· Nicklas Backstrom earned his 50th assist of the season in the second period. This season marks his fourth consecutive and seventh career 50-assist season. Backstrom ranks first in franchise history in 50-assist seasons and he is the 35th player in NHL history to record seven or more 50-assist seasons. In addition, he ranks first in the NHL in 50-assist seasons since 2007-08.
· In addition, Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 70th point of the season in the second period. This season marks Backstrom’s fourth consecutive and sixth career 70-point season. He ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in 70-point seasons since 2007-08 and he is the fourth player in franchise history to post six career 70-point seasons, joining Alex Ovechkin (9), Mike Gartner (8) and Peter Bondra (6).
· Alex Ovechkin earned two points (1g, 1a), including his team-leading 28th goal of the season. He has earned 28 points in his last 30 games (1/9-3/14: 10g, 18a).
· Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn his 35th win of the season. Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 35 of his 53 games this season. He now sits five wins shy of becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10).
· John Carlson recorded two assists, marking his third multi-assist game of the season and 29th of his career.
· Jay Beagle scored a goal, marking his career-high 12th goal and 27th point of the season. The Capitals are 33-1-5 all-time when Beagle scores a goal and 66-8-7 in games when he earns a point.
· Dmitry Orlov tallied an assist, marking his career-high 30th point of the season. Orlov passed his previous career high of 29 points, set last season.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his third power-play goal of the season and has earned nine points in his last 12 games (2/19-3/14: 4g, 5a).
· Nate Schmidt scored a goal, marking his second of the season (1/5 vs. CBJ: 1g, 1a).
· Tom Wilson played in his 300th NHL/Capitals game tonight. Wilson has earned 66 points (20g, 46a) in 299 career games with Washington and is the second player from the 2012 NHL Draft class to reach 300 games played (Alex Galchenyuk).
· Justin Williams led all skaters in shots (8).
· The Capitals have posted a 28-6-1 record at home this season and have earned a point in 21 of their last 23 home games (12/5-3/14: 20-2-1). In addition, Washington is just two wins shy of tying the franchise record for wins at home in a season (1985-86, 2009-10: 30).
· Washington has won four consecutive games against Minnesota and six of its last seven home games against the Wild (6-1-0).
· The Capitals have scored 25 power-play goals in their last 30 games (1/9-3/14) and have posted a 30-5-2 record in games when they score a power-play goal.
· The Capitals are 31-4-2 this season in games when they have one day of rest.
· Washington has posted a 15-7-0 record against Western Conference opponents this season, including wins in 10 of their last 15 games.
· The Capitals are 37-7-4 this season when scoring first and 29-4-3 when leading after the first period.
· Washington is 33-1-1 this season when leading after the second period.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals’ 351st consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Wild Postgame Audio
Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau