Washington 5, Tampa Bay 3
March 18, 2017 * Amalie Arena * Tampa, Fla.
Washington Goals: T.J. Oshie (3), Justin Williams, John Carlson
Shots: WSH: 35; TB: 29
Power Plays: WSH: 1-2; TB: 1-1
Three Stars: 1. Oshie (WSH), 2. Backstrom (WSH), 3. Kucherov (TB)
March 20: Re-assigned Jonas Siegenthaler to Hershey (AHL)
CAPITALS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Braden Holtby – One game shy of 300 NHL/Capitals games
Karl Alzner – Two assists shy of 100 NHL/Capitals assists
Nicklas Backstrom – Three goals shy of passing Bobby Carpenter (188) for eighth place on the franchise goals list
Nicklas Backstrom – Four games shy of passing Rod Langway (726) for ninth place on the franchise games played list
Lars Eller – Five assists shy of 100 NHL assists
CAPITALS MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
T.J. Oshie – Recorded his 100th Capitals point, March 18 at TB
Tom Wilson – Played in his 300th NHL/Capitals game, March 14 vs. MIN
Andre Burakovsky, missed 15 games (2/11-3/16)
T.J. Oshie, missed 13 games (11/20-12/5, 1/9, 1/26, 2/24-3/2)
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: 42
The Capitals begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center. Tuesday’s game marks the second and final meeting between the teams this season. Washington defeated Calgary 3-1 on Oct. 30 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
| March 21
|| 7 p.m.
|| 104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
| March 23
|| 7 p.m.
|| 104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
| March 25
|| 7 p.m.
|| 104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
| March 28
|| at Minnesota
|| 8 p.m.
|| CSN, NHLN
|| 104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
| March 29
|| at Colorado
|| 10 p.m.
|| 104.7 FM, Caps 24/7
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
300 – Braden Holtby is scheduled to play in his 300th NHL/Capitals game on Tuesday against Calgary. Holtby has posted a 185-71-31 record in 299 career NHL games with 31 shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Ken Dryden (193) is the only player in NHL history to earn more wins through his first 300 NHL games than Holtby (185). In addition, Holtby will become the second goaltender in franchise history to play 300 games with the Capitals, joining Olie Kolzig (711). Holtby ranks first in franchise history (min. 65 GP) in career goals-against average (2.31) and save percentage (.922) and ranks second in shutouts (31), wins (185) and games played (299). Holtby, who was drafted by the Capitals in the fourth round, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and was the 10th goaltender selected, will become the first goaltender from the 2008 NHL draft class to reach 300 NHL games played.
TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Century Mark – The Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on March 18 to become the first team in the NHL this season to reach 100 points (46-17-8) and clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This season will mark Washington’s 27th postseason appearance and the ninth in the last 10 seasons. In addition, this marks the 10th time in franchise history and the third consecutive season the Capitals have reached the 100-point mark (2014-17). During that span, Washington leads the NHL in points (321), wins (147), goals-against per game (2.31) and power-play percentage (22.9), ranks second in goals per game (3.03) and tied for fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.3) and shots against per game (28.4). The Capitals reached the 100-point plateau in 71 games this season, marking the third-fastest they have recorded 100 points in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 65 GP; 2009-10: 69 GP).
Here to Assist – Nicklas Backstrom tied his career high with four assists on March 18 at Tampa Bay, marking his 10th career four-assist game. Since 2007-08, Backstrom ranks first in the NHL in four-assist games and has recorded four more than any other player during that span (Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf: 6). In addition, Backstrom ranks first in franchise history in four-assist games. The Gavle, Sweden, native ranks second in the NHL in assists this season (54) and fifth in points (75). He has earned 28 points in his last 22 games (1/31-3/18: 8g, 20a) and has recorded a point in 25 of his last 34 games (1/5-3/18: 12g, 33a). Backstrom is one of only two players in the NHL to earn 70-points in each of the last four seasons (Sidney Crosby) and ranks second among active NHL players (min. 200 GP) in career assists per game (0.73). Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom ranks third in the NHL in assists (531).
It’s Tricky – T.J. Oshie recorded his third career hat trick and fifth-career four-point game (3g, 1a) on March 18 at Tampa Bay. The game also marked Oshie’s second four-point game of the season (11/16 vs. PIT: 2g, 2a). Oshie’s first goal at Tampa Bay marked his career-high 27th goal of the season, passing his previous career high set last season (26). The Everett, Wash., native leads the team in goals this season (29) and his 29 goals are the most by a Capitals player other than Alex Ovechkin since 2009-10 (Alex Semin: 40, Nicklas Backstrom: 33, Mike Knuble: 29). Oshie has earned 14 points in his last 13 games (2/9-3/18: 9g, 5a).
Feeling Twenty, Too – Justin Williams scored his 20th goal of the season on March 18 at Tampa Bay, marking his second consecutive and sixth career 20-goal season. Williams is the fifth Capitals player to score 20 goals this season (Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin), tied for the most in the NHL (Chicago, Winnipeg: 5).
Home Sweet Home – The Capitals have posted a 28-6-2 record at home this season and have earned a point in 22 of their last 24 home games (12/5-3/16: 20-2-2). Washington ranks second in the NHL in home wins this season (28) and sits two wins shy of tying the franchise record for wins at home in a season (1985-86, 2009-10: 30). In addition, the Capitals lead the NHL in goals against per game (1.69) at home this season and rank second in goals per game (3.39). Nicklas Backstrom leads the team and ranks third in the NHL with 45 points (13g, 32a) in 36 home games this season. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.78), wins (23) and shutouts (7) at home this season and ranks tied for second in save percentage (.930).
ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Holt-beast – Braden Holtby made 26 saves on March 18 at Tampa Bay to earn his 36th win of the season. Holtby now sits four 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). Holtby leads the NHL in shutouts (8) this season, ranks second in goals-against average (2.05), tied for second in wins (36) and fifth in save percentage (.925). He is one of two goaltenders to rank in the top five in the NHL in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage this season (Sergei Bobrovsky). Since 2012-13, Holtby leads the NHL in wins (171) and shutouts (28).
Power Surge – The Capitals have scored 26 power-play goals in their last 32 games (1/9-3/18), posting a 28.0% power-play percentage during that span. Washington ranks eighth in the NHL in power-play percentage this season (21.4%) and has posted a 31-5-2 record in games when it scores a power-play goal. Since Jan. 1, the Capitals rank tied for second in the NHL in power-play goals (27), trailing Boston (28).
The Great Eight – Alex Ovechkin earned an assist on March 18 at Tampa Bay, marking his 31st assist of the season. This season marks his seventh-career 30-assist season and his first since 2010-11 (53). The Moscow native has earned 29 points in his last 32 games (1/9-3/18: 10g, 19a) and ranks second in the NHL in shots (265) this season, tied for fourth in power-play goals (12) and tied for fifth in game-winning goals (7). In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for 10th among forwards in the NHL this season in hits (193) and sits two power-play points shy of becoming the 28th player in NHL history to record 400 career power-play points.
Flame Tamers – Alex Ovechkin has registered 20 points (9g, 11a) in 13 career games against Calgary, Nicklas Backstrom has earned 17 points (6g, 11a) in 12 career games against the Flames and Marcus Johansson has recorded eight points (3g, 5a) in eight career games against Calgary.
Sharp Shooters – T.J. Oshie has scored 29 goals on 120 shots this season and leads the NHL in shooting percentage (24.2%). In addition, Brett Connolly ranks sixth in the NHL in shooting percentage (20.3%) and Marcus Johansson ranks seventh (20.0%). The Capitals lead the NHL in shooting percentage (10.8%) this season.
Starting Strong – Washington has posted a 38-7-5 record this season when scoring first and has scored first in 27 of its last 35 games (1/3-3/18). The Capitals have scored first in a League-leading 50 games this season and lead the NHL in wins when scoring first (38). In addition, Washington has outscored opponents 73-33 in the first period this season, ranking first in the League in first period goals-against and second in goals. The Capitals also lead the NHL with 29 wins when leading after the first period (29-4-4).
Even Steven – The Capitals lead the NHL in 5-on-5 goals against (96) and goal differential (+63) this season and rank tied for second in 5-on-5 goals (159). Washington’s 5-on-5 goal differential is 25 goals higher than the next closest team (Pittsburgh: +38). In addition, Braden Holtby ranks second in the NHL in 5-on-5 save percentage (.938) this season (min. 40 GP).
O From D – Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 61 of the team’s 71 games this season and have combined to register 152 points (23g, 129a). Washington has posted a 44-11-6 record this season in games when a defenseman records a point. The Capitals lead the NHL in assists by defensemen this season (129) and rank tied for sixth in points (152) and third in even-strength points (117).