Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | December 8, 2017
| New York Rangers
| Washington Capitals
· The Capitals will have a day off on Saturday. Washington will resume with a practice at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with media availability to follow.
· Matt Niskanen scored his first goal of the year and the game winner. That marked Niskanen’s 16 th game-winning goal and his sixth as a Capital.
· Tom Wilson scored his fifth goal of the season and recorded the primary assist on Niskanen’s game-winning goal. Wilson has recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in his last 13 games.
· Jay Beagle scored the game’s opening goal 14 seconds into the first period. That marked the fastest goal scored by the Capitals this season (previous: Alex Ovechkin, Oct. 7 versus the Montreal Canadiens, 20 seconds). The franchise record for the fastest opening goal is eight seconds, set by Gaetan Duchesne on March 14, 1987 versus the St. Louis Blues and Alex Semin on Nov. 11, 2009 versus the New York Islanders.
· Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in his second-straight game. That marked Backstrom’s 193 rd career Capitals/NHL goal, which tied Dave Christian for seventh in franchise history. Backstrom also added an assist on Wilson’s goal.
· Braden Holtby stopped 27 of the 29 shots to improve to 4-1-0 in his last five starts. Holtby has stopped 91 of the last 99 shots he’s faced (.919 save percentage) in the past five games.
· Devante Smith-Pelly recorded his 50 th career assist and now sits four games shy of 300 career NHL games.
· Dmitry Orlov recorded an assist for the third consecutive game (3a).
· Alex Ovechkin recorded an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3g, 5a), the highest current streak on the team and one short of Backstrom’s season record of five (Oct. 7 – Oct. 14, 3g, 8a). Additionally, Ovechkin recorded five shots on goal.
· John Carlson led the Capitals in shots (7) and ice time (25:52). That’s the 24 th time this season Carlson has led the team in ice time and the fifth time he has led the team in shots.
· Lars Eller led the team with 10 face-off wins on 15 draws (67 percent). That’s the first time in the last seven games Eller has led the team in face-off wins.
· Chandler Stephenson recorded an assist, snapping a nine-game pointless streak.
· Christian Djoos led Capitals in shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (14 shot attempts for, 4 against, 77.78 shot attempts percentage).
· With the win, Washington improved to 18-11-1 and moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division.
· Washington improved 101-90-18-6 all-time against New York and 55-40-9-4 all-time at home.
· Washington improved to 12-0-1 when they lead after the first period and 13-0-1 when they lead after the second period.
· The Capitals recorded 17 shots in the first period - the most in the opening period and the second-most in any period this season (Nov. 18 versus the Minnesota Wild, 22 shots, third period).
· Washington’s 40 shots on goal is the most the Capitals have recorded since Nov. 18 versus the Wild (43)
· Washington improved to 13-0-0 in games where they score at least four goals. Tonight marked the fourth-straight game the Capitals have recorded at least four goals and the fifth time in the last six games.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 380th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
New York Rangers Postgame Audio
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault